• BibTex

    author = {Polson, Peter and Bovair, Susan and Kieras, David},
    title = {Transfer between text editors},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of the SIGCHI/GI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems and Graphics Interface},
    series = {GI + CHI 1987},
    year = {1987},
    issn = {0713-5425},
    isbn = {0-89791-213-6},
    location = {Toronto, Ontario, Canada},
    pages = {27--32},
    numpages = {6},
    doi = {10.1145/29933.30856},
    acmdoi = {10.1145/29933.30856},
    publisher = {Association for Computing Machinery},
    address = {New York, NY, USA},


This paper describes a successful test of a quantitative model that accounts for large positive transfer effects between similar screen editors, between different line editors and from line editors to a screen editor, and between text and graphic editors. The model is tested in an experiment using two very similar full-screen text-editors differing only in the structure of their editing commands, verb-noun vs noun-verb. Quantitative predictions for training time were derived from a production system model based on the Polson and Kieras (1985) model of text editing.