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Tudoreanu, Mihail; Wu, Rong; Hamilton-Taylor, Ashley G.; Kraemer, Eileen
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Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
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Empirical evidence that algorithm animation promotes understanding of distributed algorithms
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Proceedings of the IEEE Symposia on human-centric languages and environments (HCC02), Arlington, Virginia, September 2002
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Arlington, Virginia
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IEEE
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2002
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236-43
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Abstract
Previous studies of programme visualization have generally failed to provide convincing support for the benefits of algorithm animation in promoting the understanding of computations. This paper presents a study in which the use of programme visualization resulted in significantly better understanding of a distributed computation. Understanding was measured in terms of a number of responses to questions about the algorithm. The environment used in this study differs from that of previous studies in a number of aspects; it combines the use of distributed algorithm visualization, 3-D visualization, and legends. In addition, the design of both the experiment and animation focused on reducing cognitive noise.....
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