Using Icicle Trees to Encode the Hierarchical Structure of Source Code

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Title: Using Icicle Trees to Encode the Hierarchical Structure of Source Code
Authors: Bacher, Ivan
MacNamee, Brian
Kelleher, John
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/8507
Date: 10-Jun-2016
Abstract: This paper presents a study which evaluates the use of a tree visualisation (icicle tree) to encode the hierarchical structure of source code. The tree visualisation was combined with a source code editor in order to function as a compact overview to facilitate the process of comprehending the global structure of a source code document. Results from our study show that providing an overview visualisation led to an increase in accuracy and a decrease in completion time when participants performed counting tasks. However, in locating tasks, the presence of the visualisation led to a decrease in participants' performance.
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: Eurographics: European Association for Computer Graphics
Copyright (published version): 2016 The Authors and The Eurographics Association
Keywords: Machine learning;Statistics;Computer graphics
DOI: 10.2312/eurovisshort.20161168
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: EuroVis 2016: 18th EG/VGTC Conference on Visualization, Groningen, the Netherlands, 6-10 June 2016
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