SCS Undergraduate Thesis Topics

2004-2005
Student Advisor(s) Thesis Topic
Michael Coblenz Brad Myers, Frank Pfenning Using Objects of Measurement to Detect Spreadsheet Errors

There are many common errors in spreadsheets that traditional spreadsheet systems do not help users find. This paper presents a statically-typed spreadsheet language that adds additional information about the objects that spreadsheet values represent. By annotating values with both units and labels, users denote both the system of measurement in which the values are expressed as well as the properties of the objects to which the values refer. This information is used during computation to detect some invalid computations and allow users to identify properties of resulting values.


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