A Microcomputer Methodology for Parsimoniously Structuring a Set of Activities

by Claudia Y. Kan, Maryland Dep of Transportation, United States,
John W. Dickey, Maryland Dep of Transportation, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications in Transportation III


The paper develops a systematic methodology to aid in the identification and rapid structuring of a system of activities. In essence, the user is asked to supply only the names of the activities and the sequential relationships between a limited number of them. A program is then used to deduce the remaining relationships and to present the results. The merit of applying this methodology include efficiency in activity structuring and avoidance of illogical and inconsistent sequential relationship specifications. A transportation planning example is used to illustrate the methodolgy. The application reveals that 71% of a total of 45 possible sequential activity relationships can be deduced without asking for information from the user.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Computer analysis | Computer aided operations | Computer networks | Structural systems | Economic factors | Network analysis | Transportation studies

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