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Title: A study of the measurement of human performance
Author(s): Hewett, Thomas T.; Meadow, Charles T.
Subject(s): Libraries --Automation Library science --Data processing Human computer interaction Interactive information retrieval systems
Abstract: This paper reports on an attempt to measure the performance of users of interactive information retrieval systems. The subjects studied were end users of the information who were doing their own interactive searches. The measures consist of a set of computerized diagnostic procedures applied to the sequences of commands used in querying the database. These diagnostics trigger various kinds of messages to the user. Presumably, the frequency with which a diagnostic is triggered is an index of the difficulties which the user may be having in doing a search. Although the utility to the user of the information retrieved is assumed to be the best overall measure of search outcome, it is the manner of using the system, not the search outcome, which is the focus of this report.
Issue Date: 1980
Publisher: Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In Public access to library automation: Papers presented at the 1980 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing. Ed. J.L. Divilbiss. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 49-76.
Series/Report: Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (17th : 1980)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/1112
ISBN: 0-87845-065-3
ISSN: 0069-4789
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Sponsor: The work reported here was sponsored in part by the National Science Foundation, Division of Information Science and Technology, under Grant No. DSI 77-26524.
Rights Information: Copyright owned by Copyright 1980 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-07-02
 

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