means-ends analysis


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means-ends analysis

[′mēnz ′enz ə‚nal·ə·səs]
(computer science)
A method of problem solving in which the difference between the form of the data in the present and desired situations is determined, and an operator is then found to transform from one into the other, or, if this is not possible, objects between the present and desired objects are created, and the same procedure is then repeated on each of the gaps between them.
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It involves means-ends analysis where the solution has been tested in contexts other than the one where it was originally developed.
The devil's test is furthermore a check on whether or not the means-ends analysis is independent of the ideological vision of the analyst: If both an angel and the devil could agree with the means-ends analysis, then the analysis itself provides a positive or "objective ground upon which to debate" (Boettke, 1998, p.
In presenting such topics as logical framework analysis, the use of indicators, process planning schemas, and means-ends analysis and moving from the more theoretical to the more practical, he emphasizes the need for a people-oriented paradigm that involves efforts to "strengthen the capability of stakeholders for logical reasoning.
In general, this type of means-ends analysis has no logical place in regulatory takings doctrine.
Part VII explains why, as a practical matter, it is important whether traditional due process means-ends analysis is imported into the takings doctrine.
While the Court in these cases described means-ends analysis as an appropriate takings test, a careful reading of the decisions shows that the Court was actually referring to a due process test.
Town of Hempstead(38)--involved claims under both the Takings and the Due Process Clauses,(39) the means-ends analysis in Penn Central clearly draws upon Goldblatt's due process discussion.
57) Thus, under Midkiff, a means-ends analysis determines whether or not a government action is within the scope of the Takings Clause to begin with, whether or not compensation is paid.
One such counter-argument is that, however weak the support originally provided for the purported means-ends test by Agins and Penn Central, the Supreme Court subsequently definitively adopted means-ends analysis as a component of regulatory takings doctrine in the cases of Nollan v.
They adopt a special type of means-ends analysis that is explained and justified by--and is logically confined to--the context of physical occupations.
At the end of the day, does it make any difference whether means-ends analysis is conducted under the due process or the takings label?
Classifications involving gender (among others) receive what is called means-ends analysis in which the means chosen must be shown to be narrowly crafted to achieve an important official purpose.