In matched-participant design (also known as pair-wise design), participants are matched in pairs based on certain user characteristics such as expertise and gender. Each pair is then randomly allocated to each experimental condition. A problem with this arrangement is that other important variables that have not been taken into account may influence the results. For example, experience in using the web could influence the results of tests to evaluate the navigability of a website. So web expertise would be a good criterion for matching participants.
- Chapter 14: EVALUATION STUDIES: FROM CONTROLLED TO NATURAL SETTINGS
- from INTERACTION DESIGN: beyond human-computer interaction, 3rd Edition
- Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
- Released: June 2011
Matched participant design
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