Moving forward: the future of statistics in HCI

The use of statistics in HCI goes back to its first days, reflecting the methodological influence of psychology in the early discipline. Since that time there have been occasional debates over the ideal nature, or indeed value, of statistics [8, 26, 33, 44] and recent automated literature research suggests that over half the papers in the annual ACM CHI conference proceedings report some form of statistics, although some of this may be of questionable quality [6].

As we have already seen, all design and all science ultimately comes from our heads, a combination of personal experience, empirical data and rigorous reasoning. There was a time when the authors of nearly every paper felt they ...

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