Human Perception of Surprise: A User Study

16 Jul 2018  ·  Nalin Chhibber, Rohail Syed, Mengqiu Teng, Joslin Goh, Kevyn Collins-Thompson, Edith Law ·

Understanding how to engage users is a critical question in many applications. Previous research has shown that unexpected or astonishing events can attract user attention, leading to positive outcomes such as engagement and learning. In this work, we investigate the similarity and differences in how people and algorithms rank the surprisingness of facts. Our crowdsourcing study, involving 106 participants, shows that computational models of surprise can be used to artificially induce surprise in humans.

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