User Tasks for Evaluation: Untangling the Terminology Throughout Visualization Design and Development

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User tasks play a pivotal role in evaluation throughout visualization design and development. However, the term `task' is used ambiguously within the visualization community. In this position paper, we critically analyze the relevant literature and systematically compare definitions for `task' and the usage of related terminology. In doing so, we identify a three-dimensional conceptual space of user tasks in visualization. Using these dimensions, visualization researchers can better formulate their contributions which helps advance visualization as a whole.
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2014
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Proceedings of the Fifth Workshop on Beyond Time and Errors: Novel Evaluation Methods for Visualization (BELIV)
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11/2014
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ACM
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http://publik.tuwien.ac.at/files/PubDat_232654.pdf
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10.1145/2669557.2669568
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Refereed
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