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Subject: RE: [office-formula] Include user interface?
Not sure how useful this Chan/Storey paper is, some info that might be relevant: Table 6 lists activities that people use spreadsheets for. Table 11 rates the use of specific spreadsheet functionality. Table 6 Most frequently performed analyses Analysis Respondents Percentage Asset valuation 3 1.7 Financial reporting 14 7.9 Cost/Benefit 11 6.2 Cash-Flow 3 1.7 Financial statements 13 7.3 Forecasting 22 12.4 Market 2 1.1 Variance 16 9.0 Pricing or profitability 26 14.6 Statistical 26 14.6 Other 60 33.7 Table 11 Mean scores for spreadsheet functions Function Mean score Database 2.79 Financial 2.83 Goal-seeking 2.04 Graphics 3.13 Import/Export 3.07 Linking 2.93 Macro language 3.21 Mathematical/Statistical 3.93 "What-if" 3.00 Waldo Bastian Linux Client Architect - Channel Platform Solutions Group Intel Corporation - http://www.intel.com/go/linux OSDL DTL Tech Board Chairman >-----Original Message----- >From: David A. Wheeler [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] >Sent: Monday, February 27, 2006 4:24 PM >To: email@example.com >Subject: Re: [office-formula] Include user interface? > >Dan Bricklin wrote: >> As I understand it, the vast majority (and I mean vast) of >> spreadsheets use very little of this functionality. Some simple >> arithmetic MAYBE plus the SUM function. References to cells sometimes, >> and much less frequently to cells on related sheets. Very few use >> variables. Is this true? Do we have a real survey? I heard that Lotus >> did one many years ago, is there anything new or at least access to >> that data? >I think you're referring to Chan and Storey 1996, >"The use of spreadsheets in organizations: determinants and >consequences," Information and Management >** ><http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/els/03787206;jsessionid=4besncvm jh4j >1.victoria>Volume >31, Number 3, December 1996, pp. 119-134(16). Publisher is Elsevier >Science. >It's not open access, so I don't know the details; can anyone get a copy to >can report on it? Some open access info: >http://sprig.section.informs.org/sprigfiles/INFORMS05_09.ppt >http://mba.tuck.dartmouth.edu/spreadsheet/ >Alternatively, someone could try to download all spreadsheet files >available >on the web, and find out what functions and operators are in use. > >I believe it's correct that many users would be happy with an even >a smaller set basic set. But I'd like to find the data so we can >have a RATIONALE for picking some other set, if we're to create >a smaller subset. > >--- David A. Wheeler