Proceedings: GI 2007

Design as traversal and consequences: an exploration tool for experimental designs

Christopher Jennings , Arthur Kirkpatrick

Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2007: Montréal, Québec, Canada, 28 - 30 May 2007, 79-86

DOI 10.20380/GI2007.12

  • Bibtex

    @inproceedings{Jennings:2007:10.20380/GI2007.12,
    author = {Jennings, Christopher and Kirkpatrick, Arthur},
    title = {Design as traversal and consequences: an exploration tool for experimental designs},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2007},
    series = {GI 2007},
    year = {2007},
    issn = {0713-5424},
    isbn = {978-1-56881-337-0},
    location = {Montr{\'e}al, Qu{\'e}bec, Canada},
    pages = {79--86},
    numpages = {8},
    doi = {10.20380/GI2007.12},
    acmdoi = {doi>10.1145/1268517.1268533},
    publisher = {Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society},
    address = {University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada},
    }

Abstract

We present a design space explorer for the space of experimental designs. For many design problems, design decisions are determined by the consequences of the design rather than its elemental parts. To support this need, the explorer is constructed to make the designer aware of design-level options, provide a structured context for design, and provide feedback on the consequences of design decisions. We argue that this approach encourages the designer to consider a wider variety of designs, which will lead to more effective designs overall. In a qualitative study, experiment designers using the explorer were found to consider a wider variety of designs and more designs overall than they reported considering in their normal practice.