Spreadsheets are commonly used and commonly flawed.
Caulkins, Morrison, & Weidemann (2008)
Spreadsheets are the most popular live programming environments, but they are also notoriously fault-prone.
Hermans & van der Storm (2015)
Most executives do not really check or verify the accuracy or validity of [their] spreadsheets...
Teo & Tan (1999)
Never assume a spreadsheet is right, even your own.
Raffensperger (2001)
Spreadsheet development must embrace extensive testing in order to be taken seriously as a profession.
Bock (2016)
Despite being staggeringly error prone, spreadsheets are a highly flexible programming environment.
Abreu, et al (2015)
Most large spreadsheets have dozens or even hundreds of errors.
Panko & Ordway (2005)
Untested spreadsheets are riddled with errors.
Miller (2005)
Spreadsheets are extraordinarily and unacceptably prone to error.
Dunn (2010)
60% of large companies feel 'Spreadsheet Hell' describes their reliance on spreadsheets.
Murphy (2007)
People tend to believe their spreadsheets are more accurate than they really are.
Caulkins, Morrison, & Weidemann (2006)
Spreadsheets contain errors at an alarmingly high rate.
Abraham, et al (2005)
Spreadsheets are often hard, if not impossible, to understand.
Mireault & Gresham (2015)
Errors in spreadsheets... result in incorrect decisions being made and significant losses incurred.
Beaman, et al (2005)
A lot of decisions are being made on the basis of some bad numbers.
Ross (1996)
The results given by spreadsheets are often just wrong.
Sajaniemi (1998)
Studies have shown that there is a high incidence of errors in spreadsheets.
Csernoch & Biro (2013)
Spreadsheet errors have resulted in huge financial losses.
Abraham & Erwig (2007)
Programmers exhibit unwarranted confidence in the correctness of their spreadsheets.
Krishna, et al (2001)
Spreadsheet errors... a great, often unrecognised, risk to corporate decision making & financial integrity.
Chadwick (2002)
The quality and reliability of spreadsheets is known to be poor.
Bishop & McDaid (2007)
It is now widely accepted that errors in spreadsheets are both common and potentially dangerous.
Nixon & O'Hara (2010)
Spreadsheets... pose a greater threat to your business than almost anything you can imagine.
Howard (2005)
Developing an error-free spreadsheet has been a problem since the beginning of end-user computing.
Mireault (2015)
Every study that has looked for errors has found them... in considerable abundance.
Panko & Halverson (1996)
Despite overwhelming and unanimous evidence... companies have continued to ignore spreadsheet error risks.
Panko (2014)
Spreadsheets can be viewed as a highly flexible programming environment for end users.
Abreu, et al (2015)
Spreadsheets are easy to use and very hard to check.
Chen & Chan (2000)
94% of the 88 spreadsheets audited in 7 studies have contained errors.
Panko (2008)
...few incidents of spreadsheet errors are made public and these are usually not revealed by choice.
Kruck & Sheetz (2001)
It is irrational to expect large error-free spreadsheets.
Panko (2013)
Spreadsheet errors are still the rule rather than the exception.
Nixon & O'Hara (2010)
The issue is not whether there is an error but how many errors there are and how serious they are.
Panko (2007)
Spreadsheets have a notoriously high number of faults.
Rust, et al (2006)
The untested spreadsheet is as dangerous and untrustworthy as an untested program.
Price (2006)
Every study, without exception, has found error rates much higher than organizations would wish to tolerate.
Panko (1999)
Research on spreadsheet errors is substantial, compelling, and unanimous.
Panko (2015)
Your spreadsheets may be disasters in the making.
Caulkins, Morrison, & Weidemann (2006)
Overconfidence is one of the most substantial causes of spreadsheet errors.
Sakal, et al (2015)
A significant proportion of spreadsheets have severe quality problems.
Ayalew (2007)
Spreadsheet shortcomings can significantly hamper an organization's business operation.
Reschenhofer & Matthes (2015)
Spreadsheets are notoriously error-prone.
Cunha, et al (2011)
1% of all formulas in operational spreadsheets are in error.
Powell, Baker, & Lawson (2009)
Spreadsheets are more fault-prone than other software.
Kulesz & Ostberg (2013)
Errors in spreadsheets are as ubiquitous as spreadsheets themselves.
Colbenz (2005)
Spreadsheet errors are pervasive, stubborn, ubiquitous and complex.
Irons (2003)
Spreadsheets are alarmingly error-prone to write.
Paine (2001)
The software that end users are creating... is riddled with errors.
Burnett & Myers (2014)
Even obvious, elementary errors in very simple, clearly documented spreadsheets are... difficult to find.
Galletta, et al (1993)
Spreadsheets are dangerous to their authors and others.
Durusau & Hunting (2015)

Spreadsheet bibliography

Title A user-centered approach for testing spreadsheets
Authors Yirsaw Ayalew
Year 2007
Type Article
Publication International Journal of Computing and ICT Research
Series Volume 1, Number 1, June, pages 76-84
Abstract

Spreadsheets are a special form of computer program, which are widely used in areas such as accounting, finance, business management, science and engineering. The wide use of spreadsheets can be attributed to the fact that they appeal to end-user programmers because they are easy to use and require no formal training on designing and programming techniques.

However, as the literature indicates, a significant proportion of spreadsheets contain faults. This paper presents an approach for checking spreadsheets on the premises that their developers are not software professionals. It takes inherent characteristics of spreadsheets as well as the conceptual models of spreadsheet programmers into account and incorporates ideas from symbolic testing and interval analysis.

To evaluate the methodology proposed, a prototype-tool preserving the look-and-feel spreadsheets developers are accustomed to has been developed.

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Sample
Attaching an interval to a numeric cell
Attaching an interval to a numeric cell

When the user wants to attach an interval to a given cell, the user selects the cell and chooses a command from the Interval menu through which interval-based testing features are available.

The attached interval is then stored in the expected spreadsheet as a string with the same coordinate as the corresponding cell selected in the ordinary spreadsheet.

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