Usability evaluation method of applications for mobile computers using operation histories

Junko Shirogane, Misaki Matsuzawa, Hajime Iwata, Yoshiaki Fukazawa

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Various applications have been realized on mobile computers such as smart phones and tablet computers. Because mobile computers have smaller monitors than conventional computers, strategies to develop user interfaces differ from conventional computer applications. For example, contents in a window are reduced or divided into multiple windows on mobile computers. To realize usable applications in this situation, usability evaluations are important. Although various usability evaluation methods for mobile computers have been proposed, few evaluate applications and identify problems automatically. Herein we propose a systematic usability evaluation method. In our method, operation histories by users are recorded and analyzed to identify steps with usability problems. Our method automatically analyzes usability problems, allowing usability evaluations in software development to be implemented easily and economically. As a case study, the operation histories were recorded and analyzed when 20 subjects operated an application on a tablet computer. Our method automatically identified many usability problems, confirming its effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1790-1800
Number of pages11
JournalIEICE Transactions on Information and Systems
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul
Externally publishedYes


  • Evaluation
  • Mobile
  • Operation history
  • Usability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence


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