Flows of Value
Classes and Properties
Budgeting and Analysis
Conversation for Action
Exchanges and Transfers
Uses of the Vocabulary
Track and Trace
This section is about what computer programs (or humans with pencil and paper and a lot of work) can do with Value Flows economic networks once they are constructed on the Web or in a database.
constructs schedules for operational economic networks from recipes
Many other scheduling algorithms can be used over the same recipes.
are a popular network schedule visualization.
is another scheduling algorithm that analyzes a network of processes to figure out the bottlenecks, the processes that need special attention.
summarize the total value of all inputs to the resulting output from a recipe.
determine how income should be distributed according to contributions to a deliverable item.
Track and Trace
follow the path of a resource forwards (to where it went) and backwards (where it came from, and what other resources went into it).
is like Trace, focusing on the path of a resource and all of the other resources that went into it.
is mostly about money, but could also apply to other resources, looking at the inflows and outflows on a timeline, historical in the past, forecasted in the future.
Economic and Ecosystem Analysis
including [Energy Flow Analysis](
Environmentally Extended IPO Analysis
Life Cycle Analysis
Material Flow Analysis
is a general name for all of those algorithms and many many more. See
on Wikipedia and elsewhere.
There are similarities and differences among the algorithms:
Scheduling algorithms and cash flows use time-phasing: placing planned or reported events on a timeline.
Dependent Demand schedules backwards from an end date; Critical Path schedules forwards from a start date.
Dependent Demand does an explosion: breaking down the end resource of a recipe into a tree of components and processes.
Value Rollups do an implosion: summarizing all the inputs of the exploded tree of components and processes into a total value.
The Economic and Ecosystem algorithms use
All of those algorithms work on flow networks, otherwise known as directed graphs, composed of nodes and links between them.
Social Network Analysis
Complex adaptive systems
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