The State of the Art of Present Worth Analysis of Cash Flow Distributions

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HMC Undergraduate

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Engineering (HMC)

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A summary is presented of state of the art techniques for evaluating the present worth of cash flow distributions for project comparisons. Included is the treatment of discrete and continuous cash flow profiles with both discrete and continuous compounding of interest. Conventional finite summation, integration, numerical analysis, Laplace transform, and Zeta transform techniques are all illustrated performing present worth analysis. Recent developments on the effects of timing uncertainty, the learning curve, and the inflation rate on present worth analysis are also described.

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