## A Methodology for Systems Engineering, Volume 24 |

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**utilities**are on a level of indifference . The set of all purchases that are indifferent is called an indifference set , and their**utility**is described by U ( 91 , 92 ) = c and called an index func- tion of**utility**. The constant c is ...Page 182

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**utility**function ; since there are many**utilities**which satisfy preferences ordered by the axiom , many**utility**functions may be used to describe these preferences . If**utilities**could be measured on a ratio scale , † we could describe ...Page 254

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**utility**( as the term was used in Chapter 6 ) . It denotes the importance an individual places on a thing compared with other things in relation to his own personal wants or needs . Value to an economist always implies scarcity . Thus ...### Contents

WHAT IS SYSTEMS ENGINEERING? | 3 |

THE TD2 RADIO RELAY SYSTEM | 23 |

3 4 The State of the Environment at the End of | 32 |

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