SEAS Hierarchical Viewer/Editor: Uni-dimensional Template Derivative Question

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Hierarchical Viewer/Editor: Uni-dimensional Template, Derivative Question

TIP: Click on the buttons and symbols in the images to view the corresponding glossary entries.

Here the Hierarchical Viewer/Editor depicts a derivative question from a uni-dimensional template (i.e., ECONOMIC.CSA-IRAQ). The symbols that appear in the upper right corner depict aspects of the associated situation descriptor (here the coins depict the associated economic perspective, the flag depicts the associated region, and the crate a trade related event). The Unpublished Template symbol (below the situation descriptor symbols) indicates that this template is not published. The absence of a "READ ONLY" symbol indicates that you can modify this template and the absence of a Collaboration Warning symbol indicates that no coauthors are simultaneously accessing this template (see Publishing).

Navigation Map and Navigation Buttons

At the top left of this display is a navigation graphic that depicts the hierarchy of questions. When the cursor is positioned over a node, a pop-up displays the corresponding question topic and text. The question depicted in this display is indicated by its corresponding node in the graphic being filled. If weighted fusion methods are being employed, then questions given less weight are depicted by smaller nodes (see Fusion and Inference Methods for details). Immediately below this navigation graphic are the navigation buttons that move one laterally (left and right) or vertically (up) within the hierarchy; when this uni-dimensional template is being portrayed in the context of multi-dimensional template, a button is included for moving directly to the multi-dimensional display. The analyst can also navigate by directly selecting a node within the navigation graphic. Pushing a (down) button, adjacent, to one of the supporting questions, causes the Hierarchical Viewer/Editor to move down the hierarchy, bringing up a display with the associated question appearing as the focal question.

Pushing the Hierarchical Viewer Parameters button (below the navigation buttons and below the auxiliary toolbar, if present), brings up the following dialog. The Types parameters for Memos causes yellow rectangles to appear in the navigation map. If they do, it indicates that the adjacent node/question has a memo displayed of one of the selected Types. The All and None options are shortcuts for selecting and deselecting all of the elements for the associated parameter. The Content parameter causes either the Full memos to be included or a shorter and more compact Synopsis to be included within displays that include the objects to which the memos are attached.

Other Buttons

The three buttons that appear at the far left in the toolbar invoke the Hierarchical Viewer (i.e., this viewer), the Summary Viewer, and the Table Viewer. The button that appears immediately below these invokes the Parameters Editor (see below). The Argument (i.e., "A") button, that appears near the middle of the toolbar, switches this viewer/editor to the argument based upon this template, from which one originally navigated to this template; this button will not appear if you navigated to this template in another way. The button to its immediate right, with a film spool on it, invokes the Comparison Tool. The buttons centered on the toolbar are used to print this display or to close it. The buttons at the right end of the toolbar bring up the Memo Manager, the Publication Information Viewer/Editor, the Situation Description Viewer/Editor, the SEAS Object Manager, and this Help system, respectively, moving from left to right. If the memo button has several dark lines across its yellow field, this indicates that there are memos attached to this argument that are not currently being displayed in this window (more on this below).

Auxiliary Toolbar

Immediately below the buttons on the left is a small rightward pointing triangle with "Auxiliary Toolbar" adjacent to it. When clicked, this reveals an auxiliary toolbar like the one below. A similar triangle, pointing downward, reconceals this toolbar when clicked.

The first three buttons at the left in this toolbar perform the same operations as those in the SEAS Object Manager, only on the argument that is the focus of this viewer/editor. The merge button invokes the Merging Tool where information can be moved between this and another template. The export button brings up the following dialog. Pushing the save button, after having selected the type of file the export is to be Saved As, performs the export (see Exporting and Importing for details on the different types of exports); pushing cancel before save exits the dialog without performing an export.

Pushing the critique button will bring up the following dialog where you select the specific Checks and sets the associated Criteria that the Template Critic is to apply to this template, and specifies whether or not to Discard Previous Critic Memos. Upon pushing the ok button, the Critic will perform the specified checks, posting a memo of type critique wherever the criteria is not met; pushing the print button will print this dialog; pushing the cancel button before the ok button will exit this dialog without performing a critique of this argument; the Help button invokes this Help system.

If this template has not been versioned before, then pushing the version button will bring up the first dialog below, otherwise the second dialog below will be brought up. In this first dialog, you are asked to select the New Collection Type to be used to record versions of this template (see Using Collections for an explanation of the differences among these types). Push the new button, after having selected a type, to create a new collection containing both this template and a copy. Future modifications to this template will not impact the copy. Push the cancel button to exit this dialog without creating anything new.

If this template has been versioned before, then pushing the version button will result in a dialog similar to the following. Pushing the Inspect button adjacent to a collection in the Collections to Use will cause the contents of that collection, being used to record versions of this template, to be displayed. After having specified the collection to use if more than one is present, the Previous Item Name (if present), whether or not the item should be published, and whether or not the Collection to Use should be placed in your home collection, pushing the new button will add a copy of the template as a new item to the collection and, if so indicated, publish that copy and add that collection to your home collection (if not already there). Pushing the cancel button before the new button will exit without creating a copy of this template. See Using Collections for a detailed explanation of versioning and sequencing collections.

Clicking on the button at the right will bring up the Information window (see below) that provides additional information about this template. Unless the you are limited to "READ ONLY" access (see Publishing), the top part of the window will appear as below, allowing you to modify the Skeleton and/or Inference Method of this template. The skeletal structure is specified by a series of numerical entries indicating the number of Questions Per Branch that support each question higher in the skeleton e.g., 1 over 4 over 3 has the root derivative question (i.e., 1) supported by 4 derivative questions (i.e., 4) and each of these 4 derivative questions supported by 3 primitive questions. The Inference Method is specified by selecting an automated Fusion Method that is to be applied at every derivative question, at each Level, to automatically produce its answer based upon the answers to the questions immediately below it. If fusion methods are not selected for every level, then the prior fusion method (i.e., the first one above) is used for the remaining levels; if more fusion methods than derivative question levels are given, the extra ones are ignored. The number of Choices chosen at each Level, determine the number of multiple choice answers or lights that will be associated with the questions at the corresponding level. Upon pushing the ok button, the template's skeletal structure and/or inference method is modified. [High SEAS Only: The Information window also displays the collections that are supported by this template (i.e., collections for which this template is an item), the multi-dimensional templates that are supported by this uni-dimensional template (i.e., ones in which this uni-dimensional template is a component), and uni-dimensional arguments based upon this template. Clicking on an Inspect button adjacent to a supported object will open that object. ] The close/cancel button dismisses the Information window without making any modifications and the Help button, on the far right, invokes this Help system.

Memos

If new memos are attached to this template, at the question currently being displayed and viewable by you, they will appear immediately below the toolbar, as shown below. Pertinent information is listed for each such memo. Positioning the cursor over the subject of a memo will cause its contents to be displayed in a pop-up; clicking on the subject will open that memo in the Memo Viewer/Editor. For more about managing memos, see Memo.

Questions

The Base Question appears just below the toolbar of buttons. Below this question the display shows the Supporting Questions that are posed to arrive at an answer to the Base Question. Unless you are limited to "READ ONLY" access (see Publishing), there is an Edit button next to the Base and each Supporting Questions. Pushing this button allows you to edit the text that constitutes the corresponding question and the number of lights that associated with its answer. You make edits in the Question Editor (below) and then push the ok button to record the changes or the cancel button to discard them.

Immediately adjacent to the "Supporting Questions" label , the selected fusion method is displayed. This is used to derive the answer to the Base Question from the answers to the Supporting Questions. Unless you are limited to "READ ONLY" access (see Publishing), the fusion method is changed by clicking on the method displayed and choosing from the list presented. Different fusion methods combine the answers in different ways to derive the answer(s) for the focal question (see Fusion and Inference Methods for details). Some fusion methods utilize weights assigned to the different answers they are combining. If such a weighted fusion method is in use, then weighting symbols will appear adjacent to each Supporting Question. Clicking on these weighting symbols will bring up the following dialog where the weight associated with that question can be changed. The weight is proportional to the blue area of the chosen circle. A filled circle represents full impact while an empty circle represents no impact.

Unless you are limited to "READ ONLY" access (see Publishing), a Trash button appears adjacent to each Supporting Question. Pushing it deletes the associated question and all the questions that support it from the template. If you are not limited to "READ ONLY" access, then supporting questions can be added by clicking on the Template Stapler, adjacent to the fusion method. So doing results in the dialog below. Specify the Skeleton and Fusion Methods of a new branch of questions to be added. The skeletal structure is specified by a series of numerical entries indicating the number of Questions Per Branch that support each question higher in the skeleton e.g., 1 over 3 over 2 has the root derivative question (i.e., 1) supported by 3 derivative questions (i.e., 3) and each of these 3 derivative questions supported by 2 primitive questions. The Inference Method is specified by selecting an automated Fusion Method that is to be applied at every derivative question in the new branch, at each Level, to automatically produce its answer based upon the answers to the questions immediately below it. If fusion methods are not selected for every level, then the prior fusion method (i.e., the first one above) is used for the remaining levels; if more fusion methods than derivative question levels are given, the extra ones are ignored. The number of Choices chosen at each Level, determine the number of multiple choice answers or lights that will be associated with the questions at the corresponding level. The Position of the new branch/question specifies where the new branch/question is to be placed. If a numeric entry is selected, it will be placed at that position, otherwise it will be added as the last supporting question. Upon pushing the ok button, the template's skeletal structure and inference method is modified to include the new question/branch. The cancel button dismisses this window without making any modifications and the Help button, on the far right, invokes this Help system.

[High SEAS Only: Another Method of adding a new branch can be selected from the menu at the top of this dialog. If you choose Copy Branch then the dialog will appear as below. Here instead of specifying the skeleton and fusion method, you identify a branch from this or another template. Use the Discovery button to select a uni-dimensional template and then click on a node in graphic that depicts the hierarchy of questions. Doing so will select the branch rooted at that node for copying. Finally select the Position of copied branch/question, specifying where the new branch/question is to be placed. Upon pushing the ok button, a copy of that branch/question is added to the current template. ]

[High SEAS Only: Yet another Method is to move a branch from this or another template. After choosing Move Branch, specify the other information just as in Copy Branch. Upon pushing the ok button, a copy of that branch/question is added to the current template and that branch is deleted from the originating template. ]


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