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Statistics on Ideal Final Result

| On 01, Jan 2010

Message: 1377
Posted by: A. Sanchez
Posted on: Monday, 14th July 2008


Are there any statistics (or even guesstimates) about how often the ideal final result is achieved when it is identified?

What qualifies it as being a success?

  • Getting to the ideal?
  • Getting farther than you were?
  • Getting close to ideal?
Thank you for your consideration.


Message: 1378
Posted by: Claude Meylan
Posted on: Tuesday, 15th July 2008


You may consider the “levels of solutions” and admit that nearly 3/4 of all patents rely on an IFR. You could also add the frequency of use of each principle leading to an IFR (see R. Horowitz/ASIT) and come with a result around 1/2. But I guess in professional sessions (about technical problems) the likelihood to come with an IFR is below 1/30. To me, it means this tool may be very useful.


Message: 1380
Posted by: A. Sanchez
Posted on: Thursday, 17th July 2008


Thanks for your reply, Claude. 1/30 is pretty good.

What about the other 29? Do they get close? Nowhere near? Go to other tools to achieve success?


Message: 1386
Posted by: Claude Meylan
Posted on: Sunday, 20th July 2008


There is no IFR if you find a solution with help of a new resource (not existing before in the system and not easily available). It means every time you will use a new material or another field of force to solve your problem, you won't reach an IFR any more, even if your solution is of high value.