suboptimization

noun sub·op·ti·mi·za·tion \ ˌsəb-ˌäp-tə-mə-ˈzā-shən \
variants: or sub-optimization
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of suboptimization

plural suboptimizations or sub-optimizations
: 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

suboptimize

play \ˌsəb-ˈäp-tə-ˌmīz\ or sub-optimize transitive verb, suboptimized or sub-optimized; suboptimizing or sub-optimizing
    • Don't suboptimize the tasks. Although your paper prototype is built around a particular set of tasks you've created, don't forget about all the other tasks that users might be doing in real life.
    • —Carolyn Snyder
    • The absence of responsibility contributes to the absence of accountability, which contributes to logistics decisions that suboptimize the organization. When we say 'suboptimize,' we mean the local decisions made may be optimal, but the overall impact on the firm is not optimal.
    • —Thomas J. Goldsby and Robert Martichenko

First Known Use of suboptimization

1950


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