By L. Ron Hubbard
The interpretation of statistics includes trend.
Trend means the tendency of statistics to average out up, level or down over several weeks or even months as long as the situation remains.
The closer one is to the scene of the stat, the more rapidly it can be adjusted and the smaller the amount of time per stat needed to interpret it.
One can interpret one’s own personal statistic hour to hour.
A division head can interpret on a basis of day to day.
An Executive Secretary (an executive in charge of multiple divisions) needs a few days’ worth of stat.
An Executive Director would use a week’s worth of stat.
A more remote governing body would use a trend (which would be several weeks) of divisional stat to interpret.
In short, the closer one is to a statistic, the easier it is to interpret it and the easier it is to change it.
One knows he had no stat on Monday–he didn’t come to work. So Tuesday he tried to make up for it.
At the other end of the scale, an international executive board would have to use a trend of weeks to see what was going on.
Reading Stat Trends
A trend is an inclination toward a general course or direction.
Trends can be anything from Danger to Power, depending on the slant and its steepness. It is also possible to have a Non-Existence Trend.
Note: On the graphs below the dotted lines have been drawn in simply and only to show the trend–the general course or direction–these statistics are taking over a period of weeks. They are given here to educate one in the relationships between trend lines and conditions and for no other purpose. One does not in actuality determine a trend by drawing a dotted line or any kind of line through the graph. A trend is determined by looking. It is done with the eye. One must visually average the peaks and valleys of a stat and one looks at the period of time overall and determines the pitch or slant of the graph.
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