Accession Number:

ADA459008

Title:

A System for Collecting Data on Observer Preferences in the Field Using Personal Data Assistants

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

ARMY TANK-AUTOMOTIVE AND ARMAMENTS COMMAND WARREN MI

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-04-22

Pagination or Media Count:

9.0

Abstract:

Field tests to compare camouflage patterns rely on collecting data on the preferences of human observers. The director of such tests has been faced with a choice between using pencil-and-paper ballots or using an expensive data collection system based on push buttons wired to personal computers with custom software. In this paper we describe an alternative system that combines the advantages of digital collection with the simplicity of paper ballots. The key ingredients to the system a personal data assistants PDA s and database software that runs on a PDA. Specifically, our system makes use of Palm Pilots and the commercial database program think DB. Using a stylus, each observer enters his selection of the better camouflage pattern by pushing a radio button on the screen of his Palm Pilot. At the end of the test, the test director uses the Palm HotSync function to transfer the results to a personal computer for analysis.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE