Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date


Publication Title

Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Management 2017 International Annual Conference



Conference Name

38th American Society for Engineering Management International Annual Conference, 18-21 October 2017, Huntsville, Alabama USA


Driven by a growing requirement during the 21st century for the integration of rigorous statistical analyses in engineering research, there has been a movement within the statistics and quality communities to evolve a unified statistical engineering body of knowledge (Horel and Snee, 2010; Anderson-Cook, 2012). Outside of the 2014 Statistical Engineering Agreement among the ASQ Statistics Division, DOT&E, NASA, and IDA, there has been little formal progress toward this goal since the May 2011 NASA Symposium on Statistical Engineering in Williamsburg Virginia. In the ASEM-IAC 2012, Cotter (2012) identified the gaps in knowledge that statistical engineering needs to address, explored additional gaps in knowledge not addressed in the prior works, and set forth a working definition of and body of knowledge for statistical engineering. Again in the ASEM-IAC 2015, Cotter (2015) proposed a systemic causal Bayesian hierarchical model that addressed the knowledge gap needed to integrate deterministic mathematical engineering causal models within a stochastic framework. Missing, however, is the framework for specifying the hierarchical qualitative systems structures necessary and sufficient for specifying systemic causal Bayesian hierarchical models. This paper proposes revisions to and integration of IDEF0 as the framework for developing hierarchical qualitative systems models.


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Original Publication Citation

Cotter, T. S. (2017). Integrating IDEF0 into a systems framework for statistical engineering. In In E-H. Ng, B. Nepal, & E. Schott (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management. (pp. 1-8). American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM).