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Antti Oulasvirta, Per Ola Kristensson, Xiaojun Bi, and Andrew Howes

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198799603

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198799603.001.0001

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Soft Keyboard Performance Optimization

Soft Keyboard Performance Optimization

Chapter:
(p.121) 5 Soft Keyboard Performance Optimization
Source:
Computational Interaction
Author(s):

Xiaojun Bi

Brian Smith

Tom Ouyang

Shumin Zhai

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198799603.003.0006

Optimization techniques have played a vital role in improving the performance (i.e., input speed and accuracy) of soft keyboards. This chapter introduces the challenges, methodologies, and results of keyboard performance optimization. Leveraging the robust human motor control phenomena manifested in text entry, we used the Metropolis random walk algorithm, and Pareto multi-objective optimization method to optimize the keyboard layout and a soft keyboard decoder. The optimization led to layouts that shorten finger travel distance and improve the input speed as well as accuracy over the Qwerty layout, and a soft keyboard decoder with improved correction and completion ability.

Keywords:   Soft Keyboard, Text Entry, Keyboard Layout, Layout Optimization, Keyboard Decoding, Correction and Completion, Gesture Typing

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