Presentation Slides on "Visualizing the Problem Domain for Spreadsheet Users: A Mental Model Perspective"

Friday, August 29, 2014

In this paper presentation, we introduce a new spreadsheet visualization tool as well as an empirical evaluation of its usability and of its effects on mental models of users. The tool translates traditional spreadsheet formulas into problem domain narratives and highlights referenced cells. The tool was found to be easy to learn and helped the participants to locate more errors in spreadsheets. Furthermore, the tool increased the use of the domain mental model in error descriptions and appeared to improve the mapping between the spreadsheet model and the domain model. Full paper can be downloaded at

The paper was presented at the 2014 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC) which was held between 28th July, 2014 to 1st August, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.


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