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Title: Graphics to facilitate informative discussion and team decision making

Everyone knows the expression “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and this effectively summarizes the ability of graphical summaries to convey information and persuade. However, in many cases, the goal for the right visualization is to encourage and guide discussion while helping focus a team to make carefully considered, defensible, and data-driven decisions. The aims of graphics differ if we are trying to communicate the merits of a single choice versus outlining several contending alternatives for further comparison and discussion. These choices each have their own strengths and weaknesses depending on how we value different criteria. They also serve different purposes at various stages of decision making. Often the role of statisticians is not to provide a single answer but to provide rich information and summaries in a manageable and compact form to enable productive discussion among team members. Through a series of diverse examples, this work present principles and strategies for encouraging discussion and informed decision making and discuss how they can be integrated with versatile use of graphical tools for examining multiple objectives, framing trade-offs between alternatives, and examining the impact of subjective priorities and uncertainty on the final decision.
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. Univ. of South Florida, Tampa, FL (United States). Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics
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Journal ID: ISSN 1524-1904
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Journal Name:
Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry; Journal ID: ISSN 1524-1904
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
96 KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT AND PRESERVATION; 97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; desirability function; DMRCS decision‐making process; graphics for comparison; Pareto front; scalability to higher dimensions; trade‐offs
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