WHAT IS OPTIMIZATION?
Optimization is a word that tends to get misunderstood as each person seems to have their own interpretation of what optimization means. Engineers and technicians instinctively think of optimization as “trial and error.” Others believe that the optimization process is exhaustively listing the design possibilities and picking the best one. Then there are those who perceive that optimization is simply making qualitative suggestions that lead to a better product design.
However, are these methods optimization? They are optimization methods in a broad sense, but they are not proper ones if you follow the definition of optimization as a quantitative and systematic methodology to search for the best design among numerous possibilities while satisfying given constraints.