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Method and System for Providing Visualization for Identifying High Elasticity Service Element Attributes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000205647D
Publication Date: 2011-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

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Abstract

A method and system for providing visualization for identifying high elasticity service element attributes is disclosed.

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Method and System for Providing Visualization for Identifying High Elasticity Service Element Attributes

Disclosed is a method and system for providing visualization for identifying high elasticity service element attributes.

Typically, a complex service involves many service elements, each of which has multiple attributes. Any change to a value of any attribute results in a new proposal version that is subjected to various approval requirements and delays.It is required to know which attributes of the multiple attributes provides the maximum change in cost for a minimum change in value of the attribute. In other words, the total cost of a deal has
a certain elasticity with respect to changes in an individual attribute of any given service element. Identifying high elasticity service element attributes would be helpful in increasing the speed with which new proposals can be produced. Therefore, there is a need for providing a visualization in which a user can identify the high elasticity service element attributes over various ranges of change, involving various combinations of attributes. The visualization has the additional property that it enforces feasibility when attribute values may only be chosen from a discrete set.

In an embodiment, a set of generic service elements and a set of attributes A are considered, wherein each generic service element is associated with a subset
of . When each element a of has been given a specific value from a set , the set s consisting of g and the set of attribute-value pairs , is a member of a set of specific service elements . The range of each attribute is a finite subset of some vector space over a set of rational numbers. A proposal version is a stair step linear combination of specific service elements, so that the cost of a specific proposal can be expressed as a sum of terms of the form g q C s where has as its generic service element and is the quantity of required, and is a function from to non decreasing stair step functions on the rational numbers (including the identity function as a special case).

Every generic service element , has a cost , and each attribute value pair , with in , has a cost , , in such that if , 1, 1 , … , , , then total cost of is , 1, 1 … , , . Also, it is assumed that , , can be decomposed into , , . Further, for each in , and for each in , the stair step functions, , , , ,
and , are precomputed. Precomputation of a stair step function means precomputing the (finite) table from which the function can be computed quickly.

Thereafter, during the user interaction, when a user wishes to reduce the cost of the current proposal version !, the ratios / ! for each term in the stair step linear combination comprising ! are computed after computing the total cost ! . For every service element in !, from the element corresponding to the largest ratio, exponential average cost of elasticity for each attribute in at the cost ! is computed....