The Decision Helper


Step 1 of 5: Type the name of the decision you're making. Then click the "Next" arrow.

Decision Name:

Decision Helper Help

Assigning a Name

Enter a phrase that characterizes the decision you are trying to make. Examples include: Click on the Right Arrow in the navigation bar to continue...


Alternatives

These are the choices among which you are deciding. You can enter as few as two or all the way up to five. The more specific you are about naming the items, the easier it will be to rate them later on. Some examples:
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Factors and Weights

Factors are the kinds of items you might find in a product feature checklist. But they can also be subjective items, such as the credibility you might attach to the companies in which website hosting you're considerating. Whatever you enter here, the items should be factors that you can measure either by some hard measure (e.g., the cost) or by subjective measure (e.g., dependability).

Weights are a measure of how important a particular factor is to you. For instance, when hiring a company, dependability space may be very important to you (rating, say, a 90), but cost is further down the list of considerations (rating perhaps a 30). Each value you enter here is independent of the others: consider each factor individually, and assign a weight value between 1 and 100.


Performance

In this table, you rate how well each potential choice measures up to your expectations in each of the factors. Again, consider each entry cell individually (e.g., how well the company performs with respect to cost; how well with respect to dependability). No rows or columns need to add up to 100.

Results

Results are calculated based on the various weights and rankings you entered in previous screens. The specific numbers are not particularly important: their relative positions, however, are what you're looking for. The highest number represents the alternative rating the highest based on your input. Values are shown to four decimal places in case of close races.

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