variants: or sub-optimization
plural suboptimizations or sub-optimizations
Definition of suboptimization
: inadequate or flawed optimization These new offices must carry out a dual role to avoid suboptimization of resources or moving things too slowly.— Joseph A DeFeo especially : optimization of a part of a system or an organization rather than of the system or organization as a whole Suboptimization, that is to say, optimization of a particular process or subsystem, may be less efficient than optimization of the larger-scale system. — Robert A Frosch The opposite side of the coin is to select criteria that produce suboptimizations that are inconsistent with higher-level goals. — Military Operations Research Division of Science Applications
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