A Study into the Comprehension of Euler Diagrams

Benoy, Florence and Rodgers, Peter (2004) A Study into the Comprehension of Euler Diagrams. University of Kent. (Full text available)

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Abstract

We describe an empirical investigation into some of the layout criteria that may facilitate the comprehension of Euler diagrams. The three criteria under investigation were: smoothness, zone area equality and edge closeness. Subjects were asked to interpret diagrams that had good and bad levels of each criterion. The goal of this research is an initial step into using empirical evidence to support decisions concerning the metrics used for automated layout of Euler diagrams. Results for this investigation indicate that, within the parameters of the study, all three criteria are important for understanding Euler diagrams and we have a preliminary indication of the ordering of importance for these criteria.

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled keywords: Euler,Diagrams,Layout,Empirical,Comprehension
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Computing > Applied and Interdisciplinary Informatics Group
Depositing User: Peter Rodgers
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2008 18:02
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2012 10:11
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/14125 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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