AMME - An automatic mental model evaluation to analyze user behavior traced in a finite, discrete state-space

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Abstract

To support the human factors engineer in designing a good user interface, a method has been developed to analyse the empirical data of the interactive user behaviour traced in a finite discrete state space. The sequences of actions produced by the user contain valuable information about the mental model of this user, the individual problem solution strategies for a given task and the hierarchical structure of the task-subtasks relationships. The presented method, AMME, can analyse the action sequences and automatically generate (1) a net description of the task dependent model of the user, (2) a complete state transition matrix, and (3) various quantitative measures of the user's task solving process. The behavioural complexity of task-solving processes carried out by novices has been found to be significantly larger than the complexity of task-solving processes carried out by experts
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1369-1380
JournalErgonomics
Volume36
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1993

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