Pareto Analysis


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Technique Overview

Pareto Analysis

Pareto Analysis Definition

Pareto analysis is a statistical technique for prioritising problems based on those that occur most frequently. It is founded on the principle that 20 per cent of an organisation’s efforts generate 80 per cent of the returns (or that 80% of problems can be solved by focusing on 20% of the causes) (Crossley, 2008; Schoenfeldt, 2008).

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  • Burke, L. and Wilks, C. (2006) Management Accounting Decision Management. CIMA Publishing, Oxford, UK.
  • Cervone, H.F. (2009) Using Pareto Analysis to Determine Task Importance Rankings. OCLC Systems & Services: International Digital Library Perspectives, Vol. 25(2), pp. 76-81.
  • Crossley, M.L. (2008) The Desk Reference of Statistical Quality Methods. (2nd ed.) American Society for Quality, Quality Press, Milwaukee.
  • DeFeo, J. and Ralston, J. (2008) Increasing the Percentage of Heart Failure Patients Who Receive Heart Failure Discharge Instruction. American Society for Quality, US.

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