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Spreadsheet Interaction With Frames: Exploring a Mathematical Practice

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Since Mathematics really is about what mathematicians do, this paper will look at the mathematical practice of framing, in which an object of interest is viewed in terms of well-understood mathematical structures. The new perspective not only allows to deepen the understanding of a resp. object, it also facilitates new insights. The paper proposes a model for framing in the context of theory graphs, and shows how framing can be exploited to enhance the interaction with MKM systems. The paper uses the framing extension of the SACHS system - a semantic help system for MS Excel - as a concrete example.

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