Using lag-sequential analysis for understanding interaction sequences in visualizations

Margit Pohl (Corresponding author), Günter Wallner, Simone Kriglstein (Corresponding author)

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The investigation of how users make sense of the data provided by information systems is very important for human computer interaction. In this context, understanding the interaction processes of users plays an important role. The analysis of interaction sequences, for example, can provide a deeper understanding about how users solve problems. In this paper we present an analysis of sequences of interactions within a visualization system and compare the results to previous research. We used log file analysis and thinking aloud as methods. There is some indication based on log file analysis that there are interaction patterns which can be generalized. Thinking aloud indicates that some cognitive processes occur together with a higher probability than others.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-66
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Human-Computer Studies
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Interaction sequences
  • Lag-sequential analysis
  • Log files
  • Thinking aloud
  • Visualization


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