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How and When to Use the Paired Comparison Criteria

Paired Comparison ranking is one of the Criteria types in Ballot. Paired comparisons are used to:

  • Help prioritize a tightly clustered group of risks.
  • Prioritize disorganized data.
  • Compare risks to control expenditure or effectiveness.

A Common PCR Example

  • The group will (optionally) vote on which risk is a bigger threat.
  • The operator will choose Upper Choice, About the Same, or Lower Choice. If the group can't decide, the operator can choose to Defer the decision.
  • PCR will loop through all options, while ignoring the that are logically redundant.

The Ranked List

  • After the comparison is complete, you'll have a list of risks ranked highest to lowest.
  • The largest number (e.g. 4) is the biggest risk.

Applying the Color Code to the Paired Rank List

You can easily group the sections of your paired list with the color code functionality. This feature is available in the Data Menu.

Example: Contrasting Risk Importance with Control Effectiveness

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