### Abstract

Linear diagrams are an effective way of representing sets andtheir relationships. The topological and graphical properties of linear diagrams can affect perceived relative levels of clutter. This paper de nesfour different measures of clutter for linear diagrams. Participants in an empirical study were asked to rank linear diagrams according to their perception of clutter. We analyzed the correlation between how the clutter measures ranked linear diagrams compared to the overall ranking derived from the participants' perceptions. We concluded that the clutter measure which counts the number of line segments best matchesparticipants' perception.

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | Proceedings of the International Conference on the Theory and Application of Diagrams |

Place of Publication | Germany |

Publisher | Springer |

Pages | 250-257 |

Number of pages | 8 |

ISBN (Print) | 9783319423326 |

Publication status | Published - 26 Jul 2016 |

Event | Proceedings of the International Conference on the Theory and Application of Diagrams - Philadelphia, USA, 7-10 August, 2016, Philadelphia, United States Duration: 7 Aug 2016 → 10 Aug 2016 |

### Publication series

Name | Lecture Notes in Computer Science |
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### Conference

Conference | Proceedings of the International Conference on the Theory and Application of Diagrams |
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Country | United States |

City | Philadelphia |

Period | 7/08/16 → 10/08/16 |

### Bibliographical note

The final publication is available at Springer via http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-42333-3_20## Cite this

Alqadah, M., Stapleton, G., Chapman, P., & Howse, J. (2016). The Perception of Clutter in Linear Diagrams. In

*Proceedings of the International Conference on the Theory and Application of Diagrams*(pp. 250-257). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science). Springer. http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-42333-3_20