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Section 3.4.8


In the results section of a report, describe all appropriate information produced by the research procedures. Simply present data and estimates of their accuracy. Savethe explanation and interpretation of these findings for the discussionsection, which usually follows the results section. In short documents, however, the results anddiscussion sections may be combined into a single section.

Results sections make extensive use of graphs and figures to presentdata effectively. Order information by its importance to your audience'spurpose in reading the document. State all significant findings in the text, referring to tables and graphs displaying all significant data. If the study hasproduced a large amount of raw data, do not present all of it in the results section. Instead, presentonly the information most appropriate to your audience's purpose in reading the document,summarizing other key information in graphs and figures. If appropriate, include your raw data inan appendix, referring to them within your text.

Summation of Results

The quantitive results of this study favored the body-axis concept. (See Fig. 5.) Although nostatistically significant differences were noted for either the pilots' understanding of roll attitude ortarget position, the pilots made pitch judgment errors three times more often with the conformaldisplay. The subjective results showed the body-axis display did not cause attitude confusion, a priorconcern with this display. In the posttest comments, the pilots overwhelmingly selected the body-axisdisplay as the display of choice.

--D. Jones et al., "Concepts for Conformal and Body-Axis Attitude Information for SpatialAwareness Presented in a Helmet-Mounted Display," National Aeronautics and SpaceAdministration

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