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The Effect of Experience on Persona Perceptions

User perceptions of personas affect the adoption of personas for decision-making in real organizations.

To investigate how experience affects the way an individual perceives a persona, in research led by Joni Salminen, we conduct an experimental study with individuals less and more experienced with personas. 

Quantitative results show that previous experience increases several important perceptions, including Willingness to use, Empathy, Likability, and Completeness (measured using the PPS instrument). 

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Designing Prototype Player Personas from Game Preference Surveys

The competitiveness of the video game market has increased the need for understanding players as individuals.

In research led by Joni Salminen, we generate player personas from survey data of 15,402 players’ 195,158 stated game preferences from 130,495 game titles using the methodology of automatic persona generation.

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A Literature Review of Quantitative Persona Creation

Quantitative persona creation (QPC) has tremendous potential, as HCI researchers and practitioners can leverage user data from online analytics and digital media platforms to better understand their users and customers. However, there is a lack of a systematic overview of the QPC methods and progress made, with no standard methodology or known best practices. To address this gap and to map the field of QPC, we conduct the first systematic literature review on QPC.

We review 49 papers from 2005-2019 and make several interesting findings:

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CHI 2020 Best Papers & Honourable Mention for Persona Research

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Congrats to the APG Team for a CHI 2020 Best Paper & Honourable Mention research paper award!

The SIGCHI “Best of CHI” awards honour exceptional submissions to SIGCHI sponsored conferences. 125 papers received Honourable Mention (top 5% of submissions) of more than 3,000 submissions.

The research article from the APG team is: Salminen, J., Jung, S.G., Chowdhury, S. Şengün, S., and Jansen, B. J. (2020) Personas and Analytics: A Comparative User Study of Efficiency and Effectiveness for a User Identification Task. ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’20), Honolulu, HI, USA. 25–30 April, 1-13.

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Exciting news about CHI’20…

ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (also known simply as ‘CHI’) is the top conference in human-computer interaction (HCI). Personas, as a design technique, strongly related to the domain of HCI, which is why our team’s research efforts are centered around CHI as well as other HCI conferences and journals.

Anyhow, this year, we were fortunate enough to get 2 full papers and 5 late-breaking work (LBR) papers accepted to CHI’20. Both of the full papers are about personas, and three of the LBR papers are about personas.

While the full PDF versions will be made publicly available in CHI Proceedings, we are sharing below the abstracts, summarizing the main findings of each paper. If you are curious to learn more or collaborate with us around persona research, please reach out (