Human-Computer Interaction:
An Empirical Research Perspective


I. Scott MacKenzie

York University, Canada


Last update: December 21, 2013





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The page numbers below in parentheses refer to the location in the book where the software or other information in the file is discussed.

Windows Downloads

The zip files below contain Java applications, including source files and supporting files for the APIs.  Suggestion: Unzip all the files into a directory, then compile (javac *.java) and build the APIs (javadoc *.java). 


Statistics software: (p. 206) (p. 211) (p. 216) (p. 218) (p. 218) (p. 221) (to accompany the Anova2 utility; see API)


Experiment software: (p. 68) (p. 70) (p. 291) (p. 317) (p. 270) (p. 317) (p. 69)




1.      Before executing an application, it is a good idea to read the API (application programming interface).  The APIs include detailed descriptions about the programs, their operation, and the input and output data. To do this, use your browser to open the index.html file in the directory containing the programs.  Make sure you first build the APIs (javadoc *.java).


2.      The applications above are written in Java.  Thus, the executable is a .class file (not a .exe file).  The applications are launched from a command window via the Java Virtual Machine (java).  As an example, to execute the ReactionTimeExperiment software from a command prompt, enter java ReactionTimeExperiment.

Android Downloads

The apk files below are intended for tablets.  The required minimum Android version is 3.0.


  GraffitiExperiment.apk – (p. 69) (Note: Data files saved in /mnt/sdcard/GraffitiExperimentData/. Create this directory manually before running the app.)


Text File Downloads

  d1-wordfreq.txt (p. 51) (English word-frequency list)

  fr-wordfreq.txt (p. 51) (French word-frequency list)

  de-wordfreq.txt (p. 51) (German word-frequency list)

  fi-wordfreq.txt (p. 51) (Finnish word-frequency list)

  sms-wordfreq.txt (p. 51) (SMS word-frequency list)


Spreadsheet Downloads

  hanzipinyin_statistics_raw.xls (p. 51) (Mandarin Chinese pinyin-frequency list)


Other Downloads (p. 316) (in-class experiment similar to student exercise 8-3)



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  Comments/suggestions welcome.  Please contact Scott MacKenzie (email: mack “at”