A method of a quantitative measurement of cognitive complexity

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Abstract

A theoretical framework to conceptualize measure of behaviour complexity (BC), system complexity (SC) and task complexity (TC) was developed. From this framework cognitive complexity (CC) is derived as CC = SC + TC - BC. In an empirical study to investigate different measures of cognitive complexity 6 beginners and 6 experts solved 4 different tasks with an interactive database management system. To analyze the empirical data recorded during the interactive sessions a special program was developed. The program's purpose and the program architecture are described. Four different approaches from the literature to measuring complexity in a quantitative way were considered and discussed. Application of these 4 approaches were compared and tested against the empirical results of the experiment. The measure of McCabe (1976) proved to be the most effective
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-computer interaction : tasks and organisation : proceedings of the 6th European conference on cognitive ergonomics, ECCE'92
EditorsG. Veer, van der, M. Tauber, S. Bagnara, M. Antalovits
Place of PublicationRoma
PublisherCUD
Pages295-307
Publication statusPublished - 1992

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