Some simple mathematical aids for cause-and-effect analyses

Edward A. Silver, Thomas R. Rohleder

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A common approach used in quality or process improvement is cause-and-effect analysis. It involves identifying a (large) number of possible causes of an undesirable effect or problem, and then choosing the sequence of investigation of the possible causes. The philosophy of continuous improvement dictates that any associated modelling should use relatively simple, robust models that provide insights and guidance without extensive data collection or computational requirements. Thus, we present some fairly simple mathematical formulations of the aforementioned sequencing decision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-92
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Quality Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1998


  • Approximation
  • Constrained Optimization
  • Process Improvement
  • Quality Improvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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