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Using temporal patterns (T-Patterns) to derive stress factors of routine tasks

 

We describe the use of a statistical technique called T-pattern analysis to derive and characterize the routineness of tasks. T-patterns provide significant advantages over traditional sequence analyses by incorporating time. A T-pattern is characterized by a significant time window (critical interval) that describes the duration of this pattern. Our analysis is based on data collected from shadowing 10 knowledge workers over a total of 29 entire work days. We report on the statistics of detected T-patterns and derived correlations with participant perceptions of workload, autonomy, and productivity.

 
 
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Brdiczka, O.; Su, N. M.; Begole, J. Using temporal patterns (T-patterns) to derive stress factors of routine tasks. Extended Abstracts of 27th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2009); 2009 April 4-9; Boston, MA.

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