Two Heads are Better than One: Pair-Interviews for Visualization

derya akbaba, Miriah Meyer

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2023-10-26T04:03:00ZGMT-0600Change your timezone on the schedule page
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This technique is not just for dinosaurs! We introduce the pair-interview technique for visualization researchers. During the talk we review the technique, the roles of the two interviewers, and the benefits we experienced across four separate research teams.
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Human-centered computing—Visualization—Empirical studies in visualization


Visualization research methods help us study how visualization systems are used in complex real-world scenarios. One such widely used method is the interview --- researchers asking participants specific questions to enrich their understanding. In this work, we introduce the pair-interview technique as a method that relies on two interviewers with specific and delineated roles, instead of one. Pair-interviewing focuses on the mechanics of conducting semi-structured interviews as a pair, and complements other existing visualization interview techniques. Based on a synthesis of the experiences and reflections of researchers in four diverse studies who used pair-interviewing, we outline recommendations for when and how to use pair-interviewing within visualization research studies.