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The Use of Influence Diagrams in the Design of Spreadsheet Models: an experimental study

Peter O'Donnell
2001 Australasian Journal of Information Systems  
This paper describes an experimental study that tests whether the use of influence diagrams improves spreadsheet modelling practice.  ...  The spreadsheet is one of the most commonly used personal computer applications. Many studies have shown that a very high percentage of spreadsheet models contain serious errors.  ...  This paper describes an experimental study intended to test this theory. SPREADSHEETS Spreadsheet software represents an easy to use and deceptively powerful class of modelling tool.  ... 
doi:10.3127/ajis.v9i1.230 fatcat:jyducxkyvvae5d7xvvajm5mgtq

End user software engineering

Brad A. Myers, Margaret M. Burnett, Mary Beth Rosson, Andrew J. Ko, Alan Blackwell
2008 Proceeding of the twenty-sixth annual CHI conference extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems - CHI '08  
End users create software whenever they write, for instance, educational simulations, spreadsheets, or dynamic e-business web applications.  ...  to incorporate attendees' ideas and feedback into an emerging survey of the state of this interesting new subarea; and generally to bring together the community of researchers who are addressing this topic  ...  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation.  ... 
doi:10.1145/1358628.1358687 dblp:conf/chi/MyersBRKB08 fatcat:fkbosbzcrfb2pnfuijhrxbfseu

Hitting the wall: errors in developing and debugging a "simple" spreadsheet model

R.R. Panko
1996 Proceedings of HICSS-29: 29th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences  
During the development phase, 72 subjects created the spreadsheet model. Even with this rather simple problem, 38% of the models contained an error.  ...  [I 993, I9961 found when subject,s debugged models created by the experimenter.  ...  In this study, of the 72 spreadsheets developed by the subjects, 27 had errors. This was an error rate of 38%.  ... 
doi:10.1109/hicss.1996.495419 dblp:conf/hicss/Panko96 fatcat:exypn7vcgvdhzdmn5igln7kn2u

Page 760 of The Journal of the Operational Research Society Vol. 59, Issue 6 [page]

2008 The Journal of the Operational Research Society  
An experimental study of people creating spreadsheets. ACM Trans Info Syst 5: 258-272. Edberg DT and Bowman BJ (1996).  ...  Spreadsheet presentation and error detection: An experimental study. J Mngt Inform Syst 13(2): 45-63. George V and Vaughn R (2003).  ... 

The spreadsheet paradigm: a basis for powerful and accessible programming

Gary Miller
2015 Companion Proceedings of the 2015 ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity - SPLASH Companion 2015  
Second, it describes a plan for rigorous empirical studies to retain the learnability of spreadsheet programming. • End-user development (EUD) is programming or modeling for self-use. • Application programming  ...  It promotes the spreadsheet paradigm, with two concrete goals. First, it calls for the design and implementation of several language features to enhance the expressiveness of spreadsheet programming.  ...  Acknowledgments This work is supported by an industrial scholarship provided by System Builder Development Pty Limited.  ... 
doi:10.1145/2814189.2814201 dblp:conf/oopsla/Miller15 fatcat:c27m2pf7fbh4hfjn56dngr2ovm

A Pilot Study Exploring Spreadsheet Risk in Scientific Research [article]

Ghada AlTarawneh, Simon Thorne
2017 arXiv   pre-print
This paper presents a case study exploring the possible risks and impacts of spreadsheet errors in the neuroscience research centre at the University of Newcastle.  ...  Spreadsheets are used widely in business and the impacts and risks in these fields have been studied and highlighted in detail.  ...  From the study we can conclude that spreadsheets play an important role in conducting, recording, analysing and communicating scientific research.  ... 
arXiv:1703.09785v1 fatcat:kzafc4xzjfc6hj7475nj6jqk7q

Spreadsheet Errors: What We Know. What We Think We Can Do

Raymond R. Panko
2008 arXiv   pre-print
Fifteen years of research studies have concluded unanimously that spreadsheet errors are both common and non-trivial. Now we must seek ways to reduce spreadsheet errors.  ...  Several approaches have been suggested, some of which are promising and others, while appealing because they are easy to do, are not likely to be effective.  ...  Each year, tens of millions of managers and professionals around the world create hundreds of millions of spreadsheets.  ... 
arXiv:0802.3457v1 fatcat:3lb7ryyinbgmrj4bobnwzuz7nq

An Experiment In Collaborative Spreadsheet Development

Raymond Panko, Richard Halverson, Jr.
2001 Journal of the AIS  
To study the extent to which group development can reduce spreadsheet errors, an experiment compared error rates in spreadsheet development by subjects working alone (monads) and by subjects working in  ...  groups of three (triads).  ...  The study reported in this paper replicates the Panko and Halverson study with better experimental controls and compares people working alone (monads) to people working in groups of three (triads).  ... 
doi:10.17705/1jais.00016 fatcat:vswdec5t25aqvcbdwuatchunce

Revisiting the Panko-Halverson Taxonomy of Spreadsheet Errors

Raymond R. Panko
2008 arXiv   pre-print
The purpose of this paper is to revisit the Panko-Halverson taxonomy of spreadsheet errors and suggest revisions. There are several reasons for doing so: First, the taxonomy has been widely used.  ...  Consequently, they often equate the taxonomy with the simplified extracts used in particular experiments or field studies; Third, perhaps as a consequence, most users use only a fraction of the taxonomy  ...  In general, an inter-rater reliability of 90% or higher is the goal, although an inter-rater reliability of 70% may make a study publishable as an exploratory study.  ... 
arXiv:0809.3613v1 fatcat:wqpfgn2cm5a5vm6bw6qgmji3d4

Reducing Overconfidence in Spreadsheet Development

Raymond R. Panko
2008 arXiv   pre-print
This paper describes two experiments in overconfidence in spreadsheet development. The first is a pilot study to determine the existence of overconfidence.  ...  This may be because spreadsheet developers are overconfident in the accuracy of their spreadsheets.  ...  However, perhaps simply giving the person an indication of how many people had made errors previously in specific circumstances may be able to help.  ... 
arXiv:0804.0941v1 fatcat:u26tgqnig5grraflhbwbi55aye

Page 752 of The Journal of the Operational Research Society Vol. 44, Issue 8 [page]

1993 The Journal of the Operational Research Society  
GouLp (1987) An experimental study of people creating spreadsheets. ACM Trans. Office Information Systems 5, 258-272. . J. SCHOFIELD (1987) Beware of spreadsheets.  ...  Doukipis (1991) An investigation of the use of computers within OR. Eur. J. Inf. Syst. 1, 131-140. . J. G. Carr (1985) Information Technology and the Accountant. CACA and DTI Study, Gower. . P. B.  ... 

What We Know About Spreadsheet Errors

Raymond R. Panko
1998 Journal of Organizational and End User Computing  
In general, errors seem to occur in a few percent of all cells, meaning that for large spreadsheets, the issue is how many errors there are, not whether an error exists.  ...  In recent years, we have learned a good deal about the errors that people make when they develop spreadsheets.  ...  Development Practices and Policies Developer Surveys A few studies have examined the processes that developers use to create spreadsheets.  ... 
doi:10.4018/joeuc.1998040102 fatcat:yoqsjpn5dvgpzig6lpopdwo24a

Spreadsheet Presentation and Error Detection: An Experimental Study

Dennis F. Galletta, Kathleen S. Hartzel, Susan E. Johnson, Jimmie L. Joseph, Sandeep Rustagi
1996 Journal of Management Information Systems  
An investigation of the information center from the user’s perspective. Data Base, 17, | (Fall 1985), 4-18. 7. Brown, P.S., and Gould, J.D. An experimental study of people creating spreadsheets.  ...  An experimental study of spreadsheet presentation and error detection. Proceedings of the 29th Hawaii Interna- tional Conference on System Sciences.  ... 
doi:10.1080/07421222.1996.11518133 fatcat:53tmd2cy6vh2zftse4zthc6gqa

Requirements for Automated Assessment of Spreadsheet Maintainability [article]

José Pedro Correia, Miguel A. Ferreira
2011 arXiv   pre-print
Spreadsheets that play a crucial role in an organization will naturally have a long lifespan and will be maintained and evolved by several people.  ...  The use of spreadsheets is widespread. Be it in business, finance, engineering or other areas, spreadsheets are created for their flexibility and ease to quickly model a problem.  ...  We believe this methodology, which has shown its value both in practice as in some experimental studies (see [Luijten, 2010] and [Bijlsma, 2011] ), can and should be applied to the evaluation of spreadsheet  ... 
arXiv:1111.6902v1 fatcat:4gukabemcjeuldxk3jss5nbmnm

How a freeform spatial interface supports simple problem solving tasks

Eser Kandogan, Juho Kim, Thomas P. Moran, Pablo Pedemonte
2011 Proceedings of the 2011 annual conference on Human factors in computing systems - CHI '11  
To develop a deeper understanding of the role of space and the tradeoffs between freeform and structured interaction styles in problem solving tasks, we conducted a controlled user study comparing the  ...  DataBoard with a spreadsheet and analyzed video data in detail.  ...  ACKNOWLEDGMENTS We thank Steve Whittaker, Paul Maglio, and Chris Campbell for their input into the design and analysis of the study and Jeff Heer for suggesting important related work.  ... 
doi:10.1145/1978942.1979079 dblp:conf/chi/KandoganKMP11 fatcat:ofd5sx47qvegzg2lalqaqupkpe
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