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dc.contributor.advisor Lane, David M.
dc.creatorAshby, Alan Bradley
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T00:24:14Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T00:24:14Z
dc.date.issued 1989
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/13341
dc.description.abstract Previous research on the human process of debugging indicates that it can be described as a process of testing hypotheses. It is noted that Hypothesis Testing Theory (HTT) as proposed by Levine (1966) can provide a guiding framework to study debugging. Experiments 1 and 2 tested the following hypothesis: Given a very simple debugging task for which there is a clearly defined optimal strategy for solution, would people discover and use that strategy. Subjects tended to discover and use the optimal strategy in experiment 1, but not for the slightly more complex task of experiment 2. Experiments 3 and 4 tested the assumptions of HTT of domain sampling on a task similar to the ones used in Experiments 1 and 2. The assumptions of HTT were supported by the results of experiment 3. All of the subjects in experiment 4 used a sequential search strategy. The results of each experiment are discussed and additional research is proposed.
dc.format.extent 52 p.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectExperimental psychology
Computer science
dc.title Hypothesis selection strategies in a debugging task
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Computer Science
thesis.degree.discipline Engineering
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Science
dc.identifier.citation Ashby, Alan Bradley. "Hypothesis selection strategies in a debugging task." (1989) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/13341.


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