An Experimental Comparison of Tabular and Graphic Data Presentation

@article{Powers1984AnEC,
  title={An Experimental Comparison of Tabular and Graphic Data Presentation},
  author={Matthew Powers and Conda Lashley and Pamela Sanchez and Ben Shneiderman},
  journal={International Journal of Man-Machine Studies},
  year={1984},
  volume={20},
  pages={545-566}
}
We present the results of our experiment designed to test the hypothesis that more usable information can be conveyed using a combination of graphical and tabular data then by using either form alone. Our independent variables were memory (recall and non-recall) and form (tables, graphs, or both). Comprehension was measured with a multiple choice exam consisting of three types of questions (retrieve, compare, or compare/calculate answers). Both non-recall and tabular treatments significantly… CONTINUE READING
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