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Streamlining Search User Interfaces on the Smartphone: An Experimental Study of Comparing Different GUI Versions of Karolinska Institutet's Search Solution
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC).
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Effektivisera sökgränssnitt på smarttelefonen : En experimentell jämförelsestudie av användargränssnitt på Karolinska Institutets söklösning (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The presentation of the search result information has become more important ever since the rapid development and use of smartphones. This thesis investigated what makes search engine result pages efficient and effective on the smartphone screen. For this thesis an experimental study of Karolinska Institutet’s search solution was executed. Three different versions of Karolinska Institutet’s search engine result pages were developed, by researching potential features that would improve the effectiveness and efficiency. The developed versions were compared to the original search engine result pages through experiments with students from Karolinska Institutet. The quantitative results showed no statistical significance of improvement in effectiveness or efficiency. The qualitative results indicated that categories and summary texts are preferable features in a search GUI in a smartphone. Thus the results were indecisive, the author reflects and provides ideas on how to achieve clearer results.

Abstract [sv]

Hur man presenterar sökresultat har blivit allt viktigare i och med dagens av smarttelefoner. Det här arbetet undersökte vad som gör sökresultatssidor effektiva när man använder en smarttelefon. I arbetet utfördes en experimentell studie av Karolinska Institutets söklösning. Tre olika versioner av Karolinska Institutets smarttelefonsgränssnitt utvecklades genom att undersöka potentiella \emph{features} (funktioner, egenskaper) som förbättrar effektiviteten. De olika utvecklade versionerna jämfördes mot det original som Karolinska Institutet använder idag. Detta gjordes genom experiment med studenter från Karolinska Institutet. De kvantitativa resultaten kunde inte visa på någon statistisk signifikant effektivitetsförbättring. De kvalitativa resultaten pekade på att kategorisering och summeringstexter är föredragna features i ett sökgränssnitt i smarttelefonen.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 19 p.
Keyword [en]
HCI, smartphone, GUI, search engine, responsive web design, experimental design
National Category
Computer Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-163044OAI: diva2:798493
Subject / course
Human - Computer Interaction
Educational program
Master of Science in Engineering - Computer Science and Technology
Available from: 2015-05-05 Created: 2015-03-26 Last updated: 2015-05-05Bibliographically approved

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