Visualizing Sets: An Empirical Comparison of Diagram Types

Chapman, Peter and Stapleton, Gem and Rodgers, Peter and Micallef, Luana and Blake, Andrew (2014) Visualizing Sets: An Empirical Comparison of Diagram Types. In: 8th International Conference on the Theory and Application of Diagrams (Diagrams), July 2014, Melbourne, Australia. (Full text available)

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There are a range of diagram types that can be used to visualize sets. However, there is a significant lack of insight into which is the most effective visualization. To address this knowledge gap, this paper empirically evaluates four diagram types: Venn diagrams, Euler diagrams with shading, Euler diagrams without shading, and the less well-known linear diagrams. By collecting performance data (time to complete tasks and error rate), through crowdsourcing, we establish that linear diagrams outperform the other three diagram types in terms of both task completion time and number of errors. Venn diagrams perform worst from both perspectives. Thus, we provide evidence that linear diagrams are the most effective of these four diagram types for representing sets.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science)
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Computing > Computational Intelligence Group
Depositing User: L. Micallef
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2014 13:14 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2017 10:52 UTC
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