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Method and System for Analyzing Task based on Memory and Time

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000214420D
Publication Date: 2012-Jan-26
Document File: 3 page(s) / 22K

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Abstract

A method and system for analyzing task based on memory and time is disclosed. The method and system estimates working memory load and predicts duration of completing a task based on the working memory load.

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Method and System for Analyzing Task based on Memory and Time

Disclosed is a method and system for analyzing task based on memory and time.

For determining usability of a software application, a cognitive model may be used to determine one or more factors that affect the usability. The one or more factors may include one or more of, but are not limited to, performing a task on a software application by a user, duration required for performing the task and perception of the task in the user's brain. The cognitive model involves a computational model that estimates duration of performing a task by a user in the software application. The computational model breaks the task into component steps and analyzes each component step separately. The breaking of the task into the component steps may help a tester of the computational model to locate specific areas for improvement. The specific areas may correspond to one or more of, but are not limited to, duration of performing the task and accuracy of performing the task by the user. To locate the specific areas for improvement, it is necessary to understand processing of a human brain. Therefore, activities related to human brain such as looking at a computer screen, reading a code, writing a code, moving eyes, and moving a hand towards a keyboard are observed. In addition, duration of performing each activity is also observed. Subsequently, the method and system estimates duration of performing the task and collects information related to the task.

The user may use strategies to perform a task, wherein the strategies may be obtained by using a memory and information related to the task stored in the memory. Duration of the task may be estimated and used to create a model that calculates duration of retrieving an information from the memory. The model may then combine the duration of retrieving the information with the duration of performing the task to achieve the overall duration of performing the task.

The component steps required to perform the task may include entering information in places of a user interface. The process of entering information into the user interface may constitute the first step. The first step may include one or more of, but is not limited to, switching to web browser, double clicking on a URL bar, pressing enter key, pressing tab key and pressing enter key by the user. Similarly, a second step may be performed that includes obtaining the information related to the task. The information related to the task may be obtained from one or more of working memory and long term memory.

In an exemplary scenario, the first and the second step may be translated into a sequence of physical actions, wherein the sequence of physical actions may be performed in an order. The order of performing the physical actions may be, but are not limited to, moving eyes, reading, memorizing, moving hands towards keyboard, moving a finger to "ALT" key, pressing the key, pressing "tab" key,...