Querying Spreadsheets: An Empirical Study

Saraiva JA, Pereira R, Fernandes JP, Cunha J.  2015.  Querying Spreadsheets: An Empirical Study.

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CoRR abs/1502.07948


One of the most important assets of any company is being able to easily access information on itself and on its business. In this line, it has been observed that this important information is often stored in one of the millions of spreadsheets created every year, due to simplicity in using and manipulating such an artifact. Unfortunately, in many cases it is quite difficult to retrieve the intended information from a spreadsheet: information is often stored in a huge unstructured matrix, with no care for readability or comprehensiveness. In an attempt to aid users in the task of extracting information from a spreadsheet, researchers have been working on models, languages and tools to query. In this paper we present an empirical study evaluating such proposals assessing their usage to query spreadsheets. We investigate the use of the Google Query Function, textual modeldriven querying, and visual model-driven querying. To compare these different querying approaches we present an empirical study whose results show that the end-users' productivity increases when using model-driven queries, specially using its visual representation.

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