TY - GEN

T1 - Visualizing Sets: An Empirical Comparison of Diagram Types

AU - Chapman, Peter

AU - Stapleton, Gem

AU - Rodgers, Peter

AU - Micallef, Luanna

AU - Blake, Andrew

N1 - The final publication is available at Springer via http://10.1007/978-3-662-44043-8_18

PY - 2014/1/1

Y1 - 2014/1/1

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

U2 - 10.1007/978-3-662-44043-8_18

DO - 10.1007/978-3-662-44043-8_18

M3 - Conference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

VL - 8578

T3 - Lecture Notes in Computer Science

SP - 146

EP - 160

BT - Diagrams 2014

CY - Australia

T2 - Diagrams 2014

Y2 - 1 January 2014

ER -