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How about looking at the feasible region in "cost/benefit space" and finding the efficient boundary where it is impossible to increase the benefit without also increasing the cost? The mathematical analisys ends there, with a collection of multiple pareto-optimal solutions, and then it becomes a political decision to choose a single solution as a goal.

Anything else is trying to abdicate to mathematics our responsibility to make our own decisions.

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 24th, 2007 at 04:52:50 AM EST
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