Target Users' Diagrammatic Reasoning of Domain-specific Terminology

Louise Pram Nielsen

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    In this paper, we investigate target users' diagrammatic reasoning in a controlled experiment, where participants were asked to search for information in a dual visualization comprising of a concept-oriented graphical (diagram) entry and a corresponding textual (article) entry. During the experiment, users' visual attention was recorded by means of eye-tracking technology. We chose professionals as participants and taxation as our exploratory domain. We show that diagrammatic reasoning is effective and improving on questions related to diagrams only (so-called D-questions). However, significantly longer response time was needed to produce correct answers to D-questions compared to the questions related to articles only (so-called A-questions) as well as questions related to both diagrams and articles (so-called DA-questions). Hence, diagrammatic reasoning of the D-questions is the least efficient compared to A-and DA-questions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTerm Bases and Linguistic Linked Open Data : TKE 2016, 12th International Conference on Terminology and Knowledge Engineering
    EditorsHanne Erdman Thomsen, Antonio Pareja-Lora, Bodil Nistrup Madsen
    Number of pages12
    Place of PublicationFrederiksberg
    PublisherCopenhagen Business School, CBS
    Publication date2016
    ISBN (Print)9788799917907
    ISBN (Electronic)9788799917907
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Event12th International Conference on Terminology and Knowledge Engineering. TKE 2016 - Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark
    Duration: 22 Jun 201624 Jun 2016
    Conference number: 12


    Conference12th International Conference on Terminology and Knowledge Engineering. TKE 2016
    LocationCopenhagen Business School
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    • Diagrammatic reasoning
    • Domain-specific terminology
    • Dual visualization
    • Eye tracking

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