I agree that it’s important (even critical?) not to confuse graphics with automatic clarity. A few concise bullet points generated automatically may provide greater insight than all the dashboard items you can fit on a page.

The caveat in my mind is that often, interpreting data successfully into a summary requires the knowledge of a data expert, or else the data may be interpreted incorrectly, leading to misleading summaries.

Perhaps an indication of confidence level on automated summary statements would resolve this? Either way, I maintain that it’s important to have both automation and the personal touch of an expert, even if it’s only from time to time.

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