Correction: A Picture is Worth 84.1 Words

“Researchers often ask whether or not a picture is worth a thousand words. Although of interest in many disciplines, this must be of central concern in the

“Researchers often ask whether or not a picture is worth a thousand words. Although of interest in many disciplines, this must be of central concern in the design of visual programming languages. Three empirical investigations suggest that the kinds of pictures used as visual programming languages do convey a predictable amount of information. This seems to be because people prefer diagrams drawn at a certain level of granularity, regardless of syntactic or semantic manipulations. A fourth study provides an alternative explanation — these results could arise from experimental demand factors. The conclusion is therefore more cautious than the title.”


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Date:
November 23, 2016
Author:
XPLANE