Measuring the Effective Parameters of Steering Motions

Measuring the Effective Parameters of Steering Motions Misc

Sergey Kulikov, I. Scott MacKenzie, Wolfgang Stuerzlinger


The steering law model describes pointing device motion through constrained paths. Previous uses of the model are deficient because they are built using only error-free responses, ignoring altogether the path of the cursor. We correct this by proposing and validating a technique to include spatial variability, including errors. The technique is a variant of the well-known "effective target width" used in Fitts' law models. An experiment designed to test our technique demonstrates the improvement: Correlations are consistently higher when spatial variability is included in building the model. Suggestions to aid further development of the steering law model are included.

Date of publication: Apr - 2005
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