systems analysis


Definition of 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

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systems analyst noun

Examples of systems analysis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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,, "Record-Breaking Intense Heat Wave Hits Europe and Sparks Massive Wildfire in Spain," 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, "Lion Air pilots struggled against Boeing’s 737 MAX flight-control system, black-box data shows," 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, "A revered rocket scientist set in motion China’s mass surveillance of its citizens," 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, "Every Nintendo Switch appears to contain a hidden copy of NES Golf [Updated]," 17 Sep. 2017 With her analysis, Roos, who is studying environmental systems analysis, incorporated several aspects of the life cycle that haven’t been put together, at least not for fashion. Nathan Hurst, Smithsonian, "What’s the Environmental Footprint of a T-Shirt?," 12 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of systems analysis

1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Systems analysis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of systems analysis

: the process of studying a procedure or business in order to identify its goals and purposes and create systems and procedures that will achieve them in an efficient way

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