How the agent’s gender influence users’ evaluation of a QA system


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Niculescu, Andreea and Hofs, Dennis and Dijk, Betsy van and Nijholt, Anton (2010) How the agent’s gender influence users’ evaluation of a QA system. In: International Conference on User Science and Engineering, i-USEr 2010, 13-15 December 2010, Shah Alam, Malasya (pp. pp. 16-20).

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Abstract:In this paper we present the results of a pilot study investigating the effects of agents’ gender-ambiguous vs. gender-marked look on the perceived interaction quality of a multimodal question answering system. Eight test subjects interacted with three system agents, each having a feminine, masculine or gender-ambiguous look. The subjects were told each agent was representing a differently configured system. In fact, they were interacting with the same system. In the end, the subjects filled in an evaluation questionnaire and participated in an in-depth qualitative interview. The results showed that the user evaluation seemed to be influenced by the agent’s gender look: the system represented by the feminine agent achieved on average the highest evaluation scores. On the other hand, the system represented by the gender-ambiguous agent was systematically lower rated. This outcome might be relevant for an appropriate agent look, especially since many designers tend to develop gender-ambiguous characters for interactive interfaces to match various users’ preferences. However, additional empirical evidence is needed in the future to confirm our findings.
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Copyright:© 2010 IEEE
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/73715
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/IUSER.2010.5716715
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