On Mathematicians’ Proof Skimming: A Reply to Inglis and Alcock
Keith Weber and Juan Pablo Mejía-Ramos
March 2013, Volume 44, Issue 2, Page 464
In a recent article, Inglis and Alcock (2012) contended
that their data challenge the claim that when mathematicians validate proofs,
they initially skim a proof to grasp its main idea before reading individual
parts of the proof more carefully. This result is based on the fact that when
mathematicians read proofs in their study, on average their initial reading of
a proof took half as long as their total time spent reading that proof. Authors
Keith Weber and Juan Pablo Mejía-Ramos present an analysis of Inglis and Alcock’s data that
suggests that mathematicians frequently used an initial skimming strategy when
engaging in proof validation tasks. See Inglis and Alcock’s response to Weber
and Mejía-Ramos on pages 472-74.
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