A Database for Analyzing Sequential Behavioral Data and Their Associated Cognitive Models
CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
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Sequential behavioral data, be it verbal protocols, automatically- recorded keystrokes, or complete videotape protocols, can be analyzed at different levels of detail and from different viewpoints. If raw behavioral data is stored in a powerful database, rather than a simple text file, many domains will allow some automatic interpretation of that data. In addition, the raw data can be compared with traces of an associated computational cognitive model to assess how well the model accounts for the data and, conversely, how much support the behavioral data provides for the components of the model. This report describes a prototype database and user interface, called Trace Transcription, that is designed to facilitate protocol analysis and cognitive modeling. This research was supported in part by a grant from U S West Advanced Technologies Sponsored Research Program. The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the author and should not be interpreted as representing the official policies, either expressed or implied, of U S West.