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New Research Reveals Effective Strategies for Better Understanding Extreme and Unfamiliar Numbers

Published on Wed Dec 31 1969

New research has explored different strategies for generating numerical perspectives, which help people better understand extreme and unfamiliar numbers. The study compared three methods: a rule-based approach, a crowdsourced system, and a contextual approach that used Wikipedia data and semantic similarity. The researchers found that combining these three approaches was more effective than using any single method. Different approaches excelled in different settings, and users displayed diverse preferences across approaches. The findings have implications for improving numerical comprehension in a variety of applications and have informed the development of an automatic perspective generation system for an online word processor. The research highlights the benefits of considering multiple strategies for generating perspectives and offers insights into the costs and benefits of each approach.


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