what-if analysis


The process of determining the effects on outcomes in a statistical model or spreadsheet calculation through systematic changes in the input. For example, in the budgeting process, many factors, such as future tax rates, interest rates, inflation rates, employee count, expenses, are variable to the extent that they can deviate from expected values. Also called sensitivity analysis.

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Our what-if analysis did not fail us last time, but I did not trust that it would do the job for us a second time.

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The what-if analysis was partnered with a Boolean logic analysis concerning the bifurcating tree of possibilities we could come to expect.

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When I am faced with a difficult decision I use the what-if analysis and examine every possible outcome for that scenario, whether positive or negative, then I can make a clear decision that examines every possibility.

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