ERIC Number: ED028784
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967-Jun
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Experimental Evaluation of Information Retrieval Through a Teletypewriter.
Rubinoff, Morris; And Others
A minimum of 30 minutes is required to learn even the rudiments of the command language (Symbolic Language). Although written instructions are helpful, practice is essential. The programmed instruction routines, which took approximately 20 minutes, were mostly of the 'yes-no' variety. Expanded routines, which would require other replies and would give student-users actual practice in formation of retrieval requests would have been better, but would have taken considerably more time (and would have tried the patience of more astute students). Flexibility was sacrificed for the sake of simplicity in the command language, and this was pointed out as a definite deficiency by many of the subjects. Increased flexibility would have added to the required learning time. The slow typing speed of the teletypewriter (slower than the average reading rate) and the high noise level were pointed out as distracting factors by many of the subjects. (Author)
Descriptors: Communications, Computer Programs, Computers, Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Information Retrieval, Information Seeking, Information Systems, Learning, Man Machine Systems
Clearinghouse for Federal Scientific and Technical Information, Springfield, Va. 22151 (AD 660 083, MF $0.65, HC $3.00)
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Sponsor: Army Research Office, Durham, NC.; Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia. Moore School of Electrical Engineering.