Quantitative Methods for Studying Design Protocols

  • Jeff WT Kan
  • John S Gero

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Jeff W. T. Kan, John S. Gero
    Pages 1-4
  3. Jeff W. T. Kan, John S. Gero
    Pages 5-15
  4. Jeff W. T. Kan, John S. Gero
    Pages 17-53
  5. Jeff W. T. Kan, John S. Gero
    Pages 55-92
  6. Jeff W. T. Kan, John S. Gero
    Pages 93-112
  7. Jeff W. T. Kan, John S. Gero
    Pages 113-129
  8. Jeff W. T. Kan, John S. Gero
    Pages 131-137
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 139-180

About this book


This book is aimed at researchers and students who would like to engage in and deepen their understanding of design cognition research. The book presents new approaches for analyzing design thinking and proposes methods of measuring design processes. These methods seek to quantify design issues and design processes that are defined based on notions from the Function-Behavior-Structure (FBS) design ontology and from linkography. A linkograph is a network of linked design moves or segments. FBS ontology concepts have been used in both design theory and design thinking research and have yielded numerous results. Linkography is one of the most influential and elegant design cognition research methods. In this book Kan and Gero provide novel and state-of-the-art methods of analyzing design protocols that offer insights into design cognition by integrating segmentation with linkography by assigning FBS-based codes to design moves or segments and treating links as FBS transformation processes. They propose and test information entropy as a means to capture the information carried by a linkograph and correlate it with the design outcomes.


Design Cognition Quantitative Methods Protocol Analysis FBS Linkography Design Ontology Information Entropy

Authors and affiliations

  • Jeff WT Kan
    • 1
  • John S Gero
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Architecture and Civil EngineeringCity University of Hong KongHong Kong
  2. 2.Computer Science and Architecture, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Krasnow Institute for Advanced StudyGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-94-024-0982-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-024-0984-0
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