Terms from Statistics for HCI: Making Sense of Quantitative Data

Mechanism is about understanding how and why something occurs: the steps and processes, which buttons were pressed, what screens viewed, what information was examined and how this all creates a larger phenomenon. It is essential to understand mechanism in order to draw lessons and make predictions that generalise and extrapolate beyond particular data and situations.

Defined on page 136

Used on pages 10, 123, 136, 137, 138, 139