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An experimental study comparing the effectiveness of computer graphics data versus computer tabular data

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3 Author(s)
R. Coll ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Mercy Coll., Dobbs Ferry, NY, USA ; A. Thyagarajan ; S. Chopra

A number of studies that compare the effectiveness of data presented in graphic form versus data presented in tabular form have been performed. Results have been mixed. In a study by Dickson et al. (1986) that used business students as subjects it is suggested that task variables are paramount in the determination of such effectiveness. It is suggested that the type of data and type of subject used in the work by Dickson et al. favored tabular presentation and compromise any generalization of their conclusions. The current study finds that user training/expertise is a critical variable in determining the effectiveness of graphs versus tables. The conclusion drawn is that a user-friendly system should make both modes available so that the users have the option of selecting their preferred mode

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IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 4 )