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Automated Item Performance Evaluation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014010D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Oct-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Provided is a technique that improves user interaction and behavior of software that compares behavior of a selected item relative to others in its class in order to avoid deficiencies with conventional approaches. The current art provides lots of information in tables and charts that is difficult for users to analyze and summarize easily. An example of such a task is a stock analyst who must compare the performance of a stock over time relative to the performance of other stocks. Some information is displayed in tables and some may be displayed in charts. Some information is current value while other information is time based and historical. There is no technique that displays the information in a summarized and easy to view and understand manner. The proposed solution provides information using conventional techniques for evaluating an item. In addition, the following is provided in an automated manner

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Automated Item Performance Evaluation

Provided is a technique that improves user interaction and behavior of software that compares behavior

of

a selected item relative to others in its class in order to avoid deficiencies with conventional approaches. The current art provides lots of information in tables and charts that is difficult for users to analyze and summarize easily. An example of such a task is a stock analyst who must compare the performance of a stock over time relative to the performance of other stocks. Some information is displayed in tables and some may be displayed in charts. Some information is current value while other information is time based and historical. There is no technique that displays the information in a summarized and easy to view and understand manner.

The proposed solution provides information using conventional techniques for evaluating an item. In addition, the following is provided in an automated manner

- a graph that compares an item to others in its class - algorithms to extract historical information from existing tabular data - algorithms to chart historical performance of the item and others in its class - algorithms to smooth out irregularities, e.g., via curve fitting/smoothing (as well as algorithms to display erratic behavior on demand) - algorithms to display various data metrics, e.g., Mode, Median, etc. - user interface (UI) techniques to automatically display names and performance graph outlines for other items...