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Interactivity in Linear Diagrams

Chapman, Peter



Linear diagrams have been shown to be an effective method for representing set-based data. Moreover, design principles have been empirically developed that, when followed, improve the efficacy of linear diagrams. These principles are task-independent. However, linear diagrams may be produced to aid with a variety of tasks, for which different representations may be more effective. In this paper, we introduce simple interactivity into linear diagrams. Namely, we gave users: the ability to move sets; the ability to move overlaps (set-intersections); and the ability to focus the diagram on a particular group of sets. Whether these interactions improved cognition was investigated via two empirical studies. In the first, we observed that interactivity improved participants' accuracy, confidence and speed. In the second, we observed that these improvements were based on the diagrams participants produced in the first study, rather than being an artefact of interactivity itself. We conclude that adding simple interactivity is useful in the case of linear diagrams.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name Diagrams: International Conference on Theory and Application of Diagrams
Start Date Sep 28, 2021
End Date Sep 30, 2021
Online Publication Date Sep 21, 2021
Publication Date 2021
Deposit Date Sep 24, 2021
Publicly Available Date Sep 22, 2022
Publisher Springer
Pages 449-465
Series Title Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Series Number 12909
Series ISSN 1611-3349
Book Title Diagrammatic Representation and Inference: 12th International Conference, Diagrams 2021, Virtual, September 28–30, 2021, Proceedings
ISBN 978-3-030-86061-5
Keywords Linear diagrams, Interaction, Empirical evaluation, Set-based representation
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