Algorithm Visualization: The state of the field
|Algorithm Visualization: The state of the field|
|Author(s)||Shaffer C.A., Cooper M.L., Alon A.J.D., Akbar M., Stewart M., Ponce S., Edwards S.H.|
|Published in||ACM Transactions on Computing Education|
|Keyword(s)||Algorithm animation, Algorithm Visualization, Algoviz wiki, Community, Data structure visualization, Free and open source software (Extra: Algorithm animation, Algorithm Visualization, Algoviz wiki, Community, Free and open source softwares, Algorithms, Animation, Computer software, Data structures, Open systems, Visualization, Data visualization)|
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Algorithm Visualization: The state of the field is a 2010 journal article written in English by Shaffer C.A., Cooper M.L., Alon A.J.D., Akbar M., Stewart M., Ponce S., Edwards S.H. and published in ACM Transactions on Computing Education.
We present findings regarding the state of the field of Algorithm Visualization (AV) based on our analysis of a collection of over 500 AVs. We examine how AVs are distributed among topics, who created them and when, their overall quality, and how they are disseminated. There does exist a cadre of good AVs and active developers. Unfortunately, we found that many AVs are of low quality, and coverage is skewed toward a few easier topics. This can make it hard for instructors to locate what they need. There are no effective repositories of AVs currently available, which puts many AVs at risk for being lost to the community over time. Thus, the field appears in need of improvement in disseminating materials, propagating known best practices, and informing developers about topic coverage. These concerns could be mitigated by building community and improving communication among AV users and developers.
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