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Comparison of Methods for Learning Choropleth Maps [1988-1990: United States]

Resource Type
Dataset : experimental data, survey data
  • Slocum, Terry A.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
cognitive processes; college students; computer aided mapping; computer programs; computer software; computer use; information management; information users; learning; mapping; maps; student participation; testing and measurement
  • Abstract

    The purpose of this study was to gather information on how people learn choropleth maps and to determine which of various computer display methods is most appropriate for learning this type of map. Software was developed to enable users to explore data commonly portrayed as a choropleth map. The software was then tested in controlled experiments using undergraduates at the University of Kansas. The design for Experiments I and II, which explored reactions to the sequencing of parts of a map as compared to the more traditional method of displaying a map all at once, consisted of formal and informal portions. In the formal portion, the actual effectiveness of traditional and sequenced maps was examined. The speed and accuracy of information acquisition and retention (memory) of subjects was the focus of this phase. In the informal portion, subjects viewed several display methods and (1) picked their most and least preferred methods, (2) explained their preferences, and (3) suggested alternative display methods. Dataset 1 contains data collected in association with the publication listed below. Datasets 2 and 3 consist of data from Experiments I and II, respectively, while Dataset 4 is a text file containing the verbal protocols used for Experiment I.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Standardized missing values..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Dataset 1
    • DS2: Dataset 2
    • DS3: Dataset 3
    • DS4: Dataset 4
Temporal Coverage
  • 1988 / 1990
    Collection date: 1988--1990
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 5 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation (SES-8706847).
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9759 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Slocum, Terry A. (1993): Comparison of Methods for Learning Choropleth Maps [1988-1990: United States]. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.