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Distributed representation as a principle for the analysis of cockpit information displays.

Authors
  • Zhang, J
Type
Published Article
Journal
The International journal of aviation psychology
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1997
Volume
7
Issue
2
Pages
105–121
Identifiers
PMID: 11541073
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This article examines the representational properties of cockpit information displays from the perspective of distributed representations (Zhang & Norman, 1994). The basic idea is that the information needed for many tasks in a cockpit is distributed across the external information displays in the cockpit and the internal minds of the pilots. It is proposed that the relative distribution of internal and external information is the major factor of a display's representational efficiency. Several functionally equivalent but representationally different navigation displays are selected to illustrate how the principle of distributed representations is applied to the analysis of the representational efficiencies of cockpit information displays.

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