CPSC 536H - Assignment 2

released Thu, 12/01/12, 11:00; due Thu, 12/01/19, 18:00

Read the paper "Presenting Data from Experiments in Algorithmics" by Peter Sanders, and answer the following questions as clearly and concisely as possible:

1. Which are the advantages and disadvantages of showing empirical results in tables rather than in graphs?

2. Which kind of function shows up as a straight line in a double logarithmic plot and why is this useful to know?

3. What is the "principle of data-ink maximisation" and how can it guide us in producing more readable plots?

4. Reading questions: List at least 3 questions that you had after reading the paper by Sanders. These could be related to aspects that, even after careful study, you did not understand, or questions prompted by your reading of Sanders' discussion of data presentation but not answered by him. In the latter case, relate your question(s) to specific parts of Sanders' paper.

The following question is not for credit, i.e., feel free to skip it if you don't have time:

Is there anything in Sanders' paper that you disagree with? If so, briefly explain your concerns. If not, which part did you find most useful (if any)?

General remarks: