SEAS Summary Viewer

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Viewers: Manager Publication Information Situation Information
Multi. Arg. Uni. Arg. Derivative Question Uni. Arg. Primitive Question
Multi. Tmp. Uni. Tmp. Derivative Question Uni. Tmp. Primitive Question
Table Viewer Summary Viewer Memos
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Glossary: Buttons Symbols Terms

Summary Viewer

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

The Summary Viewer produces compact views of arguments and templates. It is intended to summarize all of the important information, as identified by you, in a single page/screen. This provides for a compact view of an argument that can be easily saved to a single file or printed. Here the Summary Viewer depicts a uni-dimensional argument (i.e., ECONOMIC.IRAQ-99). The symbols that appears under the argument name depict aspects of the associated situation descriptor (here the coins depict the associated economic perspective, the flag depicts the associated region, and the dates indicate the bounds on the time period analyzed). The Unpublished Template symbol (located at the top right) indicates that this argument and its underlying template are unpublished. A "READ ONLY" symbol appears when appropriate and the absence of a Collaboration Warning symbol indicates that no coauthors are simultaneously accessing this argument (see Publishing).

Navigation Map and Navigation Buttons

At the top left of this display is a navigation graphic that depicts the hierarchy of questions. Each node in this graphic is colored with the light (closest to red) that corresponds to the answer to that question. Immediately below this navigation graphic are the navigation buttons. The buttons that would move one laterally (left and right) and up within the hierarchy are not functional in this viewer. However, when a uni-dimensional argument is being portrayed in the context of multi-dimensional argument, a button is included for moving directly to the multi-dimensional display. Selecting a node within the navigation graphic invokes the Hierarchical Viewer/Editor on the corresponding question.

Signal Flags

Red signal flags may appear below leaf nodes in the navigation map. A flag below a node indicates that the (primitive) question corresponding to that (leaf) node has exhibits or evidence that require attention. These flags allow you to rapidly navigate to those questions that require attention.

Yellow rectangles may appear in the navigation map. If they do, it indicates that the adjacent node/question has a memo displayed of one of the selected Memo Types (see Summary Options below).

Other Buttons

The three buttons that appears just to the right of navigation buttons in the toolbar invoke the Hierarchical Viewer/Editor, the Table Viewer, and the Summary Viewer Parameters editor on this argument or template. The buttons centered on the toolbar are used to capture this display (e.g., to a printer) or to exit 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 (without the merge button if the table represents a multi-dimensional argument or template and without the information button on the far right if it represents a multi-dimensional template). A similar triangle, pointing downward, reconceals this toolbar when clicked. Immediately below the buttons on the left is a small downward pointing triangle.

These buttons perform the same operations as they do in the Hierarchical Viewer/Editor. See the Auxiliary Toolbar section for the Hierarchical Viewer/Editor operating on the appropriate type of object (i.e., multi-dimensional argument, multi-dimensional template, uni-dimensional argument, or uni-dimensional template) for details.

Summary Options

Immediately below the toolbar, the Summary Options are textually described that determine how the numbering, publication information, situation information, questions, answers, memos, and details are to be depicted in the summary display. Pushing the Summary Viewer Parameters button brings up the display below where these setting can be modified. These can be individually modified or you can choose a Preset Configuration of parameter settings, keyed off of the level of detail you wish to see i.e., minimal, moderate, or full. The Graphic option under Information determines whether or not a summary graphic is shown at the top of the summary page (e.g., a starburst). The Publication Info. and Situation Info. options determine if All fields, just those that are Filled, or None of them are to be displayed.

The Numbers option for Questions determines if the elements summarized are preceded by numbers indicating their position in the hierarchy. If the Topic option is selected for Question, then only the question topics are displayed; if Body is chosen, then the full text versions of the questions are displayed; if Both is chosen, then the topic and body is displayed for each question. Question Amplification determines if the question amplification is shown. Weights determines if weights associated with questions and evidence are shown. The Answer In option determine which viewer/editor is used to answer questions from the summary viewer. If the Hierarchical Viewer is chosen then clicking on question in the summary will open the hierarchical viewer/editor on that question. If the Summary Viewer is chosen and you can modify this argument, then an Edit button appears next to each primitive question; pushing that button will allows you to edit the answer and rationale for the corresponding question, just as in the hierarchical viewer, but without leaving the summary viewer/editor. The Colors options for Answers determines which questions are included in the summary based upon their answers; only those questions whose answers include a selected light, or are supported by questions that include a selected light, are included in the summary. The Answers Text option for Answers determine if All choices are to be displayed, or just those that are Chosen, or None of them. When None is the selected option, the answers to the questions are portrayed as sequences of lights, along side the corresponding question, ranging from green to yellow to red (the exact number of lights may vary). A green light corresponds to a favorable response to the question, while a yellow corresponds to a less favorable response and a red to an unfavorable response. The questions are phrased to make favorable responses correspond to favorable conditions for the object of the assessment. If one or more of a question’s lights are on, it indicates that something is known about its answer: if one light is on, that is the answer; if multiple lights are on, it is indicating that the answer is one of those that is lit, but there is not enough information at present to give a definitive answer; by convention, if all answers remain possible given current information, no lights are lit.

Additional Details for Answers appearing in the summary are selectively included according to selected options: these include the Analyst and Method (i.e., the analyst and fusion method) that last modified the answer, the Rationale for the answer, and the associated Evidence, Exhibits, and Discovery Tools. The Lights provide further filtering on the items depicted; these lights are toggled on/off by clicking on them; only questions, answers, and evidence corresponding to lit lights are included in the summary.

The Types parameters for Memos determines which types of memos are to be included in the summary: 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.

An argument is depicted below in the Summary Viewer using a different set of options.

Question Answer/Rationale and Evidence Relevance Histories

[High SEAS Only: If the answer/rationale associated with a question or the relevance associated with evidence have been modified one or more times since their initial entry and are currently visible, then immediately below it, a small rightward pointing triangle will appear with "History" adjacent to it. When clicked, this reveals the history of changes that have been made (see below). A similar triangle, pointing downward, reconceals this history when clicked. ]


The Summary Viewer works analogously on templates as it does on arguments. However, the only option under Details is the inclusion/exclusion of Discovery Tools.

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