• Journal Article

Effects of lines of progress and semilogarithmic charts on ratings of charted data

Citation

Bailey, D. (1984). Effects of lines of progress and semilogarithmic charts on ratings of charted data. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 17(3), 359-365. DOI: 10.1901/jaba.1984.17-359

Abstract

The extent to which interrater agreement and ratings of significance on both changes in level and trend are affected by lines of progress and semilogarithmic charts was investigated. Thirteen graduate students rated four sets of charts, each set containing 19 phase changes. Set I data were plotted on equal interval charts. In Set II a line of progress was drawn through each phase on each chart. In Set III data points were replotted on semilogarithmic charts. In Set IV a line of progress was drawn through each phase of each Set III chart. A significant main effect on interrater agreement was found for lines of progress as well as a significant 2-way interaction between lines of progress and change type. Three main effects (chart type, lines of progress, and type of change) and a significant 3-way interaction were found for ratings of significance. Implications of these data for visual analysis of charted data are discussed