Dynamic Programming for Re-Mapping Noisy Fixations in Translation Tasks

Michael Carl

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    Eyetrackers which allow for free head movement are in many cases imprecise to the extent that reading pattern become heavily distorted. As a result, a "naïve" gazeto-symbol mapping approach wrongly maps also the drifted center of the xation on the symbol directly below it. In this talk, I extend this "naïve" gaze-to-word mapping by introducing background knowledge about the gazing task. In a first step, the sequence of "naïve" gaze-to-symbol mappings is projected into a lattice of several possible gaze locations above and below the current fixation on the text. In a second step a dynamic programming algorithm applies a number of heuristics to nd the best path through the lattice, based on the likely distance in characters and in pixels between successive fixations, so as to smooth the gazing path according to observations reported in the established literature.
    I present several types of drifting problems and noise that we observe when using eyetrackers to record and analyse gazing behavior of translators. I describe the mapping algorithm and show how it rectifies and re-aligns the noisy gaze data to provide a more intelligible gaze path. I show examples of re-mapped fixations which better explain translator's activity than naïve gaze-to-symbol mapping.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBook of Abstracts : 17th European Conference on Eye Movemement, 11-16 August 2013, Lund, Sweden
    EditorsKenneth Holmqvist, Fiona Mulvey , Roger Johansson
    Place of PublicationLund
    PublisherLund University
    Publication date13 Aug 2013
    Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2013
    Event17th European Conference on Eye Movements. 2013 - Lund University, Lund, Sweden
    Duration: 11 Aug 201316 Aug 2013
    Conference number: 17


    Conference17th European Conference on Eye Movements. 2013
    LocationLund University
    Internet address
    SeriesJournal of Eye Movement Research

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