IN A NUTSHELL

       

This description is intended for the person who does not wish to spend too much time reading about the system. A simple overview of the system follows.  You, as a user of the system, develop an outline of an issue and input the detail into the system.  The issue, in its pictorial form, is now available for viewing by all other users.  You are the owner and sole controller of the issue so no other viewer can change what you have done, however all viewers can propose changes to you in ways that will be described later.  If a viewer dissents from your idea or any variation that you have accepted, that viewer can adopt your idea and form an independent splinter group that can compete for an audience.  While this debate rages on, the issue remains in phase 1 of three phases.

 

PHASE 1.  An originator of an issue presents it in a pictorial format that we dub the anatomy of the debate. This format is derived from a basic outline that is provided by the user.  The outline is nothing special but merely obeys the basic rules of composition.  Some guidelines will be provided in addition, to help guarantee the mathematical validity of the process. Until this anatomy is agreed upon by all participants to be a fair representation of an issue under consideration, it is said to be in phase 1.

AN EXAMPLE OF AN OUTLINE TO BE INPUT AS AN ISSUE

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ISSUE TO BE RESOLVED=A

MAIN HEADING AA

SUBHEADING AAA

SUBHEADING AAB

MAIN HEADING AB

SUBHEADING ABA

SUBHEADING ABB

SUBHEADING ABC

 

OUTPUT  AFTER INPUT OF THE OUTLINE

Summary of Issue Tag 017, OUTLINE EXAMPLE  

Issue date is: 21-JAN-08  Issue owner is John Doe. Phase is 1.

Outline Example.                                                                                            

Anatomy Of The Issue

The Main issue                   A=MAIN

 

Subheading  under A   AA=50

 

Subheading 1 under AA AAA=333

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subheading 2 under AA  AAB=333

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subheading 3 under AA AAC=333

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subheading 2 under AB=50

 

Subheading 1 under AB ABA=333

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subheading 1 under AB ABB=333

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subheading 1 under AB ABC=333

 

 

In the above output, in addition to the text that was derived from the outline, “tags” and “indexes of importance” appear on the bottom line of each box. The indexes are initially assigned equal values under each heading and are modified in phase 2 of the process.  The tags appearing in the lower right of each box are identifiers for the purpose of reference to the boxes as well as providing positioning information.

         

PHASE 2.   The owner/controller of the issue and all participants suggest modifications to the importance factors of the issue. Ultimately, agreement is reached regarding the importance values of the elements.

       

THE OUTPUT OF THE SYSTEM AFTER IMPORTANCE FACTORS ARE MODIFIED

Summary of Issue Tag 014, EXAMPLE OF OUTLINE

   Issue date is: 20-JAN-08.

Issue controller is John Smith.

Issue phase is 2.

Anatomy Of The Issue

The Main issue                   A=MAIN

 

Subheading 1 under A AA=50

 

Subheading 1 under AA AAA=33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subheading 2 under AA  AAB=33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subheading 3 under AA AAC=33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subheading 2 under AB=50

 

Subheading 1 under AB  ABA=20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subheading 1 under AB ABB=20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subheading 1 under AB ABC=60

 

 

       

       

PHASE 3.  After agreement on importance is reached, we move to phase 3, where the alternatives that are to be decided are clearly defined.  After definition we are ready for voting on the various endpoints of the issue.  The endpoint is the rightmost item of each branch.  Thus, each vote consists of multiple selections of position on an end point with respect to the choice at the top level.  For instance: If the issue to be decided is who do we favor as a winner of an election, and there are 9 right endpoints, then a single vote amounts to making 9 choices regarding which candidate is favored with respect to that endpoint.  To illustrate further, we use the following example that is admittedly oversimplified and thus unrealistic.  The numbers in parentheses at the right of each subheading merely indicate the fraction that each decision will count for in the final tallying of votes. 

 

OUTPUT OF SYSTEM AFTER VOTING

 

Which Candidate:                   Choice   I   Choice  II

 

The Economy       75

 

Unemployment                        60

   (.45)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taxes                                      30

   (.225)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Stock Market                    10

   (.075)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign Policy      25

 

Afghanistan                             50

   (.125)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iran, North Korea                     20

     (.05)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middle East                              30

   (.075)