What are interbranch questions?
Interbranch questions serve the purpose of narrowing down a leaf (the result from the Canopy) to a branch (the final result).
- Users are provided with two short passages, each of them arguing a side of a debate highlighted by a singular question. They then select which passage they agree with more (and to what extent) via a slider.
- Each question contains a specific overarching theme to which there are two opposing principles. What you answer to each of these questions will either bring you further or closer to one side.
- The nature of these passages/questions varies depending upon the leaf in question.
- Different methods of filtering are employed for leaves containing two branches, three branches, and four branches respectively.
- Develop the central theme, and construct it in the form of an implicit question.
- Determine two possible responses, each one aligning with each branch's stance on the issue at hand.
- Present two passages, and ask the user which passage they agree with more via slider.
- Translate the winning principle to its corresponding branch.
- Present the test-taker with the result of step 4.
- Identify every possible combination of paired branches, and match them up. Since there are only three branches to select from, the number of combinations should come up to three.
- Conduct steps 1 through 4 of the Two-Branch process with respect to each pair of branches.
- If any branch has won two matchups, present that as the result.
- If not resolved, translate, combine the results between the three matchups, evaluate, and present the closest match as the result.
- If still not resolved, identify the eliminating principle. The eliminating principle is a potential outcome of a matchup which is fundamentally incompatible with one of the branches in question; if the eliminating principle wins a matchup, the corresponding branch should be removed from the running. For the two branches left, reference the matchup with their combination and present the winner of that as the result.
- Divide the four branches into 2x2 groups. We'll call these Group A and Group B.
- Conduct steps 1 through 5 of the Two-Branch process with respect to each 2x2 group.
- If Group A won the above step, conduct steps 1 through 5 of the Two-Branch process with respect to the branches within Group A.
- If Group B won the above step, conduct steps 1 through 5 of the Two-Branch process with respect to the branches within Group B.