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I'm making a mobile app in which the user is asked to enter a list of data. There is a list of roads and the user has to specify how frequently he/she uses each of the roads in the list.

The main goal is to make the interface simple and quick for people of all ages and characteristics.

I was thinking about either splitting the list into screens, and putting some usable, eye-catching element to set the data, or making a list, each item of which is draggable, so the user can simply drag the item over another to set the ratio. Or even compare every road with each other, asking for which is the most used. There will be 5-7 possible items on the list.

Here is what I have come up with so far. Any improvements?

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Welcome to Stack.UX! Check out the faq and tour pages to learn more about how to get the most out of this community! Do you have mock-ups of the design you're thinking of using? Do you have a specific question about your design? – eleanor.mal Jun 2 '13 at 4:55
Do you have many roads? If there are only a few, then you could put them side-by-side with vertical sliders, resembling a mixing desk. – vincebowdren Jun 3 '13 at 14:47
You could let the user enter street names only first (type, auto-complete, enter, repeat), then let him/her set the percentages in a second step. Should be much faster to use, as you can focus on typing or swiping and don't have to switch between these modes for every entry. – CoDEmanX Nov 11 '14 at 0:53
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Agree with Alexey that it is not intuitive to look at a round dial and recollect frequency of use of something. A better way is to provide a week of dates and ask user to mark the days they cross a particular road. Maybe even a format similar to music equalizer, with each scroll bar a day/road. And slide for a scale of something like "for sure" "likely" "not likely" usage meter.

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It's hard for the user to identify the exact % of street usage. It's not only math, but psychology reasons. So it should be better to provide categorical scale of street usage: from frequent (everyday) to rare roads.

If you are interesting in exact % you could let the device itself collect location data.

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I think you absolutely need to test any approach you consider using because of the complexity of what you are asking: you're asking people to provide quite a lot of detail. For usability, I would consider breaking the task into 2: Firstly, get people to drag and drop into a list to create an order (most to least). Then, ask them if they could indicate the amount for each road. This will be a simpler problem for most people making it more likely that they'll do it.

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