I read a sentence, “Doing that allowed me and the people I worked with to compound our understanding over time and improve the quality of our collective decision making.” In Oxford dictionary:compound
Verb 1: Make up (a composite whole); constitute.
Verb 2:Make (something bad) worse; intensify the negative aspects of.
It does not make sense to say 'make up' or 'constitute' our understanding.
How to understand it?
“I discovered I could do that by expressing my decision-making criteria in the form of algorithms that I could embed into our computers. By running both decision-making systems—i.e., mine in my head and mine in the computer—next to each other, I learned the computer could make better decisions than me because it could process vastly more information than I could, and it could do it faster and unemotionally. Doing that allowed me and the people I worked with to compound our understanding over time and improve the quality of our collective decision making. I discovered that such decision-making systems—especially when believability weighted—are incredibly powerful and will soon profoundly change how people around the world make all kinds of decisions. Our principle-driven approach to decision making has not only improved our economic, investment, and management decisions, it has helped us make better decisions in every aspect of our lives. ” Excerpt From: Dalio, Ray. “Principles.”