Errors in spreadsheets are as ubiquitous as spreadsheets themselves.
Colbenz (2005)
...few incidents of spreadsheet errors are made public and these are usually not revealed by choice.
Kruck & Sheetz (2001)
Errors in spreadsheets... result in incorrect decisions being made and significant losses incurred.
Beaman, et al (2005)
The results given by spreadsheets are often just wrong.
Sajaniemi (1998)
94% of the 88 spreadsheets audited in 7 studies have contained errors.
Panko (2008)
Spreadsheets are commonly used and commonly flawed.
Caulkins, Morrison, & Weidemann (2008)
Overconfidence is one of the most substantial causes of spreadsheet errors.
Sakal, et al (2015)
Untested spreadsheets are riddled with errors.
Miller (2005)
A significant proportion of spreadsheets have severe quality problems.
Ayalew (2007)
Spreadsheets are alarmingly error-prone to write.
Paine (2001)
Spreadsheet errors are pervasive, stubborn, ubiquitous and complex.
Irons (2003)
Developing an error-free spreadsheet has been a problem since the beginning of end-user computing.
Mireault (2015)
Spreadsheets are the most popular live programming environments, but they are also notoriously fault-prone.
Hermans & van der Storm (2015)
Spreadsheets contain errors at an alarmingly high rate.
Abraham, et al (2005)
Every study, without exception, has found error rates much higher than organizations would wish to tolerate.
Panko (1999)
Every study that has looked for errors has found them... in considerable abundance.
Panko & Halverson (1996)
A lot of decisions are being made on the basis of some bad numbers.
Ross (1996)
The untested spreadsheet is as dangerous and untrustworthy as an untested program.
Price (2006)
Despite being staggeringly error prone, spreadsheets are a highly flexible programming environment.
Abreu, et al (2015)
Spreadsheet errors are still the rule rather than the exception.
Nixon & O'Hara (2010)
Spreadsheets are easy to use and very hard to check.
Chen & Chan (2000)
Spreadsheets can be viewed as a highly flexible programming environment for end users.
Abreu, et al (2015)
Most large spreadsheets have dozens or even hundreds of errors.
Panko & Ordway (2005)
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)
Spreadsheet development must embrace extensive testing in order to be taken seriously as a profession.
Bock (2016)
Spreadsheets are often hard, if not impossible, to understand.
Mireault & Gresham (2015)
It is irrational to expect large error-free spreadsheets.
Panko (2013)
Spreadsheet errors have resulted in huge financial losses.
Abraham & Erwig (2007)
Spreadsheets are dangerous to their authors and others.
Durusau & Hunting (2015)
Research on spreadsheet errors is substantial, compelling, and unanimous.
Panko (2015)
Spreadsheets... pose a greater threat to your business than almost anything you can imagine.
Howard (2005)
1% of all formulas in operational spreadsheets are in error.
Powell, Baker, & Lawson (2009)
Spreadsheets are extraordinarily and unacceptably prone to error.
Dunn (2010)
Programmers exhibit unwarranted confidence in the correctness of their spreadsheets.
Krishna, et al (2001)
The software that end users are creating... is riddled with errors.
Burnett & Myers (2014)
Studies have shown that there is a high incidence of errors in spreadsheets.
Csernoch & Biro (2013)
Spreadsheet shortcomings can significantly hamper an organization's business operation.
Reschenhofer & Matthes (2015)
Spreadsheet errors... a great, often unrecognised, risk to corporate decision making & financial integrity.
Chadwick (2002)
Spreadsheets are more fault-prone than other software.
Kulesz & Ostberg (2013)
The quality and reliability of spreadsheets is known to be poor.
Bishop & McDaid (2007)
The issue is not whether there is an error but how many errors there are and how serious they are.
Panko (2007)
Despite overwhelming and unanimous evidence... companies have continued to ignore spreadsheet error risks.
Panko (2014)
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)
Spreadsheets have a notoriously high number of faults.
Rust, et al (2006)
Your spreadsheets may be disasters in the making.
Caulkins, Morrison, & Weidemann (2006)
Spreadsheets are notoriously error-prone.
Cunha, et al (2011)
Even obvious, elementary errors in very simple, clearly documented spreadsheets are... difficult to find.
Galletta, et al (1993)
It is now widely accepted that errors in spreadsheets are both common and potentially dangerous.
Nixon & O'Hara (2010)

Spreadsheet bibliography

Title Are we overconfident in our understanding of overconfidence?
Authors Raymond R. Panko
Year 2014
Type Proceedings
Publication First Workshop on Software Engineering Methods in Spreadsheets
Series July
Abstract

In spreadsheet error research, there is a Grand Paradox. Although many studies have looked at spreadsheet errors, and have found, without exception, has error rates that are unacceptable in organizations, organizations continue to ignore spreadsheet risks.

They do not see the need to apply software engineering disciplines long seen to be necessary in software development, in which error types and rates are similar to those in spreadsheet development.

Traditionally, this Great Paradox had been attributed to overconfidence. This paper introduces other possible approaches for understanding the Grand Paradox. It focuses on risk blindness, which is our unawareness of errors when they occur.

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Sample
Bat and ball

You are told that a bat and ball cost a dollar and ten cents and that the bat costs a dollar more than the ball.

How much does the ball cost?

A typical response is that the ball costs ten cents. This is wrong, of course.

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