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Quick analysis tool?

Quick analysis tool?

(OP)
Hello, everyone, and Holly Jolly.
This is not a real technical question I have, but something of a curiosity. Goes like this:
I have been using this little trick probably since I could walk and talk, and it has served me very well. It is a shotgun shade tree method of analysis I use to determine the effect of slight changes in a variable. In my mind this is a linear scale with extremes at both ends, black and white, with my variable somewhere in the gray area somewhere between the two. Now I can move it to the left or to the right slightly, but what effect will this have, and which direction is more desirable to me? What I do is look at each extreme at either end to see what happens at these extreme. This usually makes it obvious which direction I need to move.

A simple example is brightness of light to look at something. A little brighter, I don't look as pretty, a little darker, more romantic, and so on, could be confusing.

So I go to the extremes to see what the result would be. To the right I could try doing brain surgery, all the way to the left, only thing I can do is sleep, hide or...can't see anything at all.

So my result is that I want to increase the lighting, not dim the lights.

It's just a quick tool I use when I want to see what the tendencies are when I make a change.

Can anyone tell me if there is a name for this or what type of analysis (if any) this is? I have been doing this in my everyday life and work and it has served me very well.

Thank You,

The Wallenator

RE: Quick analysis tool?

(OP)
Sorry...thanks.

RE: Quick analysis tool?

(OP)
IRstuff, yes that's the hard stuff. Statistics got me a D in college. Thank you.
GregLocock, sadly, that's exactly what I'm talking about. I like your example better. I only pull it to keep me from losing it and saying something I'll regret later. I was just trying to give it a name. Mean Value Theorem works for me. If they can't understand that, at least I can throw the words "mean" and "value" into the discussion. I got a slide rule for Christmas in 1971, a nice one, a Pickett. Still have it (why). I don't know what they teach in school these days, sorry didn't mean to rant.

Mean Choking Theorem. That'll work.

Thanks

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