Experimental Human-Computer Interaction: A Practical Guide with Visual Examples by Helen C. PurchaseExperimental Human-Computer Interaction: A Practical Guide with Visual Examples by Helen C. Purchase

Experimental Human-Computer Interaction: A Practical Guide with Visual Examples

byHelen C. Purchase

Paperback | July 23, 2012

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Experiments that require the use of human participants are time consuming and costly: it is important to get the process right the first time. Planning and preparation are key to success. This practical book takes the human-computer interaction researcher through the complete experimental process, from identifying a research question to designing and conducting an experiment, and then to analyzing and reporting the results. The advice offered in this book draws on the author's twenty years of experience running experiments. In describing general concepts of experimental design and analysis she refers to numerous worked examples that address the very real practicalities and problems of conducting an experiment, such as managing participants, getting ethical approval, preempting criticism, choosing a statistical method, and dealing with unexpected events.
Title:Experimental Human-Computer Interaction: A Practical Guide with Visual ExamplesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:July 23, 2012Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521279542

ISBN - 13:9780521279543


Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Defining the research; 3. Experimental procedure; 4. Data collection and qualitative analysis; 5. Statistics; 6. Reporting; 7. Problems and pitfalls; 8. Six principles for conducting experiments; Appendix 1. Independent measures examples; Appendix 2. Statistical formulae; Appendix 3. Factor analysis example.

Editorial Reviews

"Helen Purchase has written a book the literature was missing, covering all HCI and statistical aspects involved in conducting user experiments. Purchase's vivid style and pragmatism exploits well-grounded and illustrative examples based on the author's wide experience conducting user experiments in various research contexts. The book follows the chronology of the design of an experiment, giving the user increasing confidence about his or her capability to address the evaluation questions related to his or her own research. Issues are discussed in the exact right order and appropriate level of details, as if Purchase was standing behind the door listening to the next question you have. The pragmatic perspective borrowed by the author gives the reader an extremely positive feeling of increasing knowledge and know-how, inviting him or her to get on with the user experiment that has been waiting on the to-do list for so many years." Guy Melançon, Université de Bordeaux and INRIA Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest