systems analysis


: the act, process, or profession of studying an activity (such as a procedure, a business, or a physiological function) typically by mathematical means in order to define its goals or purposes and to discover operations and procedures for accomplishing them most efficiently
systems analyst noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Robbins also draws on systems analysis to bring out the structural factors that could be pushing us to the edge of apocalypse. Violet Lucca, Harper’s Magazine , 20 Dec. 2022 Even though much of our work today—thanks to the ballooning service and information sectors—requires critical thinking and systems analysis. Tara Mcmullin, Quartz, 28 Nov. 2022 But that journey of self-discovery set off a side trip into systems analysis. Paul Ford, Wired, 11 Jan. 2022 Argibay hopes that in the future people will embrace Agile as an asset in the decision-making process rather than an onerous systems analysis. Ellevate, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 In a tweet, Stefan Rahmstorf — the head of Earth system analysis at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research — pointed out that the five hottest European summers since 1,500 AD have all occurred in the last two decades. Jason Duaine Hahn,, 27 June 2019 In aviation systems analysis for certification purposes, a hazardous failure must have a probability of no more than one in 10 million. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, 27 Nov. 2018 Authorities then use a form of systems analysis adapted from People's Liberation Army doctrine to flag people seen as potentially disruptive. Mara Hvistendahl, Science | AAAS, 14 Mar. 2018 The news has emerged from, a depository of hacking and file-system analysis for Nintendo's latest console. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 17 Sep. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of systems analysis was in 1950

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“Systems analysis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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