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Partner Modelling Questionnaire (PMQ)




Information Sheet:


Thank you for taking part in this study conducted by Philip Doyle, part of the HCI @ UCD team. Data collected here will be used to better understand perceptions of speech interfaces.

Supervisor: Dr Benjamin Cowan (benjamin.cowan@ucd.ie)

Speech interfaces  may include a broad range of technologies, from Voice Assistants such as Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, Google Assistant or Microsoft's Cortana, to various speech-based chatbots like  Eviebot and BoiBot , to telephony systems used in telephone banking or ticket booking systems. Essentially, when referring to speech interfaces we mean any computer system you have interacted with using speech . You may have accessed these using, among other things, a smartphone, smart speaker, desktop or laptop computer, and / or in-car. 





MUST participants : 

  • be 18+ years of age; 
  • have previously interacted with a speech interface at least once (see description above); and
  • must have a strong level of English reading proficiency



What Participation Entails:

Phase 1:

After providing consent and some basic demographic information you will complete a short questionnaire about your impressions of speech interfaces.

Your responses to the main questionnaire should be based on previous experiences, and should reflect your feelings about the qualities and abilities of speech interfaces as dialogue partners. To do this you are asked to rate their ability as communicators along a 7-point scale between two adjectives.

These adjective pairs are taken from previous research that identified words people commonly use to describe speech interfaces. Each pair of words are designed to represent opposite ends of a pole. For each pair you are asked to mark a point along the scale, either more to the left or more to the right, to indicate where speech interfaces sit between each end of the pole. 

Example:  For instance, you might click on the last circle on the right if you think speech interfaces are entirely logical communicators ( >>> ). Similarly, you might place a mark toward the right hand end of the scale if you feel speech interfaces are quite formal communicators ( >> ). Then you might place a mark somewhere on the left if you feel speech interfaces display something like emotion when communicating ( < ).



Importantly, the idea is to indicate where you think speech interfaces might sit on a continuum between being each pair of adjectives , in the way they communicate.

Phase 1 should take around 10-15 mins to complete.  



Phase 2:

Phase 2 will be completed a minimum of twelve weeks later and involves a replication of Phase 1, alongside two further short questionnaires.

This should take around 20-30 mins to complete.



Prize Draw:

All participants will be entered into a prize draw for a € 200 One-For-All voucher, once data collection has been completed. If you complete Phase 1 OR  Phase 2 only you will have one entry in the draw. If you complete both phases of data collection you will have three entries into the draw.


NB: This project has been reviewed and awarded ethical clearance (HS-E-20-38-Doyle-Cowan) by the Human Research Ethics Committe (hrec@ucd.ie) at University College DublinWe do not expect any harm to come to participants as a result of participation. Further data protection and participant rights information on next page

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