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Before the study ever begins, participants are recruited by asking them a series of survey-like questions (the "screener") which is designed to include the types of people you want to test and exclude the people you don't. If the goal is to test a diverse audience, the screener will include questions that would flag people for various traits... for ...


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I did my master's thesis on Emotional Design with Prof. Pieter Desmet in TUDelft. He has several methodologies including the Premo http://studiolab.ide.tudelft.nl/studiolab/desmet/premo/ I am sure Pieter's work and related references will help you a lot with this. For my project, I used more quantitative methods based on the need of the research. Very ...


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Some general pointers (not sure about the literature that is out there) and hopefully people can build on some of the things I have listed here: Usability Testing If you are talking about a usability test then you should be focusing on goals and tasks first and understand the success rate. I suspect that people's emotions would be affected by how usable ...


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I won't use remote testing for mobile apps, because: Hardware need to be good enough to handle simultaneously one consuming app (screen grabbing and video saving) and your test app. Streaming isn't possible or only in WiFi conditions. You need enough disk space / SD space. That narrows your testable smartphones down to premium phones with mostly huge ...


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personally i prefer guerrilla usability testing aka cafe testing, where you approach people in cafes (when they aren't busy) and offer them a coffee in exchange for their time.


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I think that the best method to provide usability testing for an API is to specify a list of most common use cases and ask developers who are absolutely new to the API to complete them. Then you should analyse their problems, feedback, comments and so on. You could read how we did Dropbox API usability testing: ...


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Nielsen Norman Group: Measuring Success To collect metrics, I recommend using a very simple usability measure: the user success rate. I define this rate as the percentage of tasks that users complete correctly. This is an admittedly coarse metric; it says nothing about why users fail or how well they perform the tasks they did complete. ...



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