Mobile text entry behaviour in lab and in-the-wild studies: is it different?

Andreas Komninos, Kyriakos Katsaris, Emma Nicol, Mark Dunlop, John Garofalakis

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Text entry in smartphones remains a critical element of mobile HCI. It has been widely studied in lab settings, using primarily transcription tasks, and to a far lesser extent through in-the-wild (field) experiments. So far it remains unknown how well user behaviour during lab transcription tasks approximates real use. In this paper, we present a study that provides evidence that lab text entry behaviour is clearly distinguishable from real world use. Using machine learning techniques, we show that it is possible to accurately identify the type of study in which text entry sessions took place. The implications of our findings relate to the design of future studies in text entry, aiming to support input with virtual smartphone keyboards.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationIthaca, N.Y.
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 13 Mar 2020


  • text entry
  • human computer interaction
  • hci
  • mobile


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