Automatically assigned DDC number: 371334

Manually assigned DDC number: 0063

Title: Mark Guzdial

Author:

Subject: Mark Guzdial Mark Guzdial

Description: Log files (discrete recordings of user actions during software use) offer the ability to collect human-computer interaction data on a number of users, over time, while the users are engaged in typical tasks in typical environments. The disadvantage of log files is the lack of automated methods for analyzing the volumes of data in a meaningful way. This paper presents a log file analysis tool, Hawk, and discusses the characteristics which make it useful for this task. A particular analysis technique, based on Markov chain analysis, is described which can be used to derive high-level software usage patterns. A study of student interactions with a programming environment are used for examples of the use of the the tool and the technique. Log files (that is, discrete recording of user actions during software use) have several characteristics which make them ideal for research on the design of user interfaces and on the interactions between humans and computers. They can be used to collect ...

Contributor: The Pennsylvania State University CiteSeer Archives

Publisher: unknown

Date: 1993-11-19

Pubyear: unknown

Format: ps

Identifier: http://citeseer.ist.psu.edu/140128.html

Source: ftp://ftp.cc.gatech.edu/pub/groups/gvu/tech-reports/93-41.ps.Z

Language: en

Rights: unrestricted

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