This dissertation research had the broad objective of enabling more widespread application of the principles of anthropometry- (i.e., body dimension-) based design. The more specific goals were: a) to allow for the use of easily- and widely- available body dimensional information in the form of descriptive statistics (means, standard deviations, and/or by-percentile values of anthropometry), b) to more objectively compare the variation of relevant body measures across the populations of interest, c) to utilize observations from these comparisons in guiding the selection of appropriate strategies for top-down global product design, and d) to implement virtual fitting techniques and provide specific design recommendations within the framework of the selected strategy.

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