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An Empirical Study of End-User Behaviour in Spreadsheet Debugging

  title={An Empirical Study of End-User Behaviour in Spreadsheet Debugging},
  author={Brian Bishop and Kevin McDaid},
Very little is known about the process by which end-user developers audit and debug spreadsheets. Any research pertaining to the development of spreadsheet debugging methodologies or automated spreadsheet auditing tools would benefit from information on how people actually perform the debugging process in practice. This paper describes our current ongoing experiment designed to record and analyse the behaviour of industry professionals in the debugging of spreadsheets. The results of this… 
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