The Classification of Graphical Elements

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Authors
  1. Hollands, J.G.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
In three experiments, participants classified stimuli depicting pie charts and stacked bar graphs on two criteria: a proportion shown in the graph, and the graph's overall size (scaling). Sorting times and errors were measured. For stacked bars, performance was impaired when participants sorted on the proportion and scaling varied. No such impairment occurred for pie charts. Experiment 1 showed that varying scaling produced Garner interference in classification of proportions with stacked bars, but not pies. Experiment 2 showed that this result held when the position of the pie slice was varied; Experiment 3 results showed facilitation for particular combinations of proportion and scaling levels. In general, the results showed that proportion and scaling had an asymmetric integral relation for stacked bar graphs, but were separable dimensions for pie charts. TRUNCATED
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-SL-2002-142 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
01 Jan 2003
Number of Pages
10
Reprinted from
Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol 57, no 1, 2003, p 38-47
DSTKIM No
CA022517
CANDIS No
519442
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Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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