Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Information Foraging Theory

New book review and interview with Peter Pirolli ...

"We interview today's digital Darwin Peter Pirolli, summarizing his revolutionary new book Information Foraging Theory. Hungry minds are foraging for valuable information on the Web. Learn how to boost your website's information scent or risk becoming a missing link.

Most books on human-computer interaction (HCI) and usability give recommendations based on empirical research, guidelines fit to observed user behavior, and cognitive models after the fact. Peter Pirolli, the father of information foraging theory, has written a new book that models and predicts what users will do before they navigate a website. Using mathematical models of human behavior, Pirolli lays out the foundation of information foraging theory, a relatively new field based in part on optimal foraging theory in animals (Stephens & Krebs 1986). The result is a seminal work in Oxford University Press' series on Human-Computer Interaction. We were fortunate to review a proof of Pirolli's new book Information Foraging Theory: Adaptive Interaction with Information, due out April 2007."    (Continued via WebSiteOptimization)    [Usability Resources]


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