Accession Number:

ADA459168

Title:

The Error Is the Clue: Breakdown In Human-Machine Interaction

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MARINA DEL REY CA INST FOR CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

This paper focuses not on the detection and correction of specific errors in the interaction between machines and humans, but rather cases of massive deviation from the users conversational expectations and desires. This can be the result of too many or too unusual errors, but also from dialogue strategies designed to minimize error, which make the interaction unnatural in other ways. We study causes of irritation such as over-fragmentation, over-clarity, overcoordination, over-directedness, and repetitiveness of verbal action, syntax, and intonation. Human reactions to these irritating features typically appear in the following order tiredness, tolerance, anger, confusion, irony, humor, exhaustion, uncertainty, lack of desire to communicate. The studied features of human expressions of irritation in nonface- to-face interaction are intonation, emphatic speech, elliptic speech, speed of speech, extra-linguistic signs, speed of verbal action, and overlap.

Subject Categories:

  • Linguistics
  • Psychology
  • Computer Systems Management and Standards

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE