Thursday, August 9, 2012

Current data received

As of 12:00 Noon Thurs Aug 2012, below are the data sets we have received:
 Note that  the numbers show raw responses--I haven't scored them for being real words or non-redundant answers.  Currently, we have no data from the crossword test that has been sent.

If you believe you have completed more tests than shown here, please let me know and I'll give you instructions on sending the data to us via email!

Survey Xword Practice Xword Test Stem Practice Front stems Back Stems Additional Rounds
0000564592 X - - 19 114 102
0002310251 X - -

0003607288 X - - 35 176 177
0017813654 X - -

0024256111 X - - 16 96

0027546007 X - - 36 243 179 2
0081701102 X - - 20

0097488327 X - - 18 97 115

Note that our inexperienced participants who do not play crosswords average about 50 completions per stem completion block. Nice work!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Summer 2012 Study Launch

We are pleased to announce the launch of our Summer 2012 crossword study! Detailed instructions are available at:

The goal of the study is to understand the visual, memory, and decision making components of crossword expertise.  We are interested in participants across the range of skill; both experts and novices. You may have been contacted directly or may have found out about the study some other way.  Everybody is welcome to participate (currently windows only).  The whole study takes less than an hour (a lot less if you are a good crossword player), and it does not have to be done all at the same time.

It involves downloading and running a piece of software that will let test your crossword puzzle ability as well as some related simple tasks.  Your data gets automatically sent back to our servers so we can record your performance.

The software includes a 'word stem completion' trainer that you can use to improve your ability to recognize what letter patterns form words.

Please post any questions or support requests at this blog posting.


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Crossword Science

This blog is intended as a on-line means to coordinate the Michigan Tech crossword study. The study download instructions are here: Leave comments here for help, and follow the blog for updates on the status of the study.