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  1. Book Review: Weapons of Math Destruction

    May 18, 2020

    Cover: Weapons of Math DestructionSome have said that we are living in the age of algorithms. Netflix uses an algorithm to recommend videos. Facebook has an algorithm that displays the posts and advertisements you’re most likely to interact with. Google’s algorithm serves different search results to different people, based on prior Web traffic. Amazon’s algorithm makes recommendations for things you might want to buy. Match’s algorithm identifies people with whom you are likely to be romantically compatible. We have smart thermostats that use algorithms to learn user’s climate-control preferences. My 11-year-old son uses an algorithm to solve Rubik’s cubes in under a minute.

    An algorithm is really nothing more than a mathematical model or formula that accepts inputs, applies calculations, and provides output. Cathy O’Neil, the author of Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, introduces the idea of an algorithm as being similar to making a family dinner, taking into account the various likes, dislikes, and quantities her family needs. Algorithms can be extremely useful in automating and understanding large, complex sets of information—for example, searching for a document on your hard disk. But they can also be harmful, as several articles about YouTube have noted, describing how their algorithm tends to lead viewers down rabbit holes of conspiracy theories, propaganda, and salacious content. Read More

  2. Book Review: UX Strategy

    September 23, 2019

    Cover: UX StrategyI must admit that I picked out this book based on its title alone, UX Strategy, which I found intriguing. Plus, the book had high reviews on Amazon. I was curious about what the term UX strategy meant from author Jaime Levy’s perspective. Was it strategy for leading UX teams? Was it applying UX to strategic planning in companies? Something different altogether?

    My own thinking was that UX professionals need to think more strategically about the impact of their work. We should consider the big picture for an organization and where User Experience fits into it. Taking a strategic view also requires a broader understanding of externalities that affect our work and its reception within an organization. Read More

  3. Books That Have Influenced Our UX Careers, Part 2: Applied UX Research

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    A column by Janet M. Six
    March 27, 2017

    For the centennial edition of Ask UXmatters, I asked our expert panel to tell me about the books that have had the greatest influence on their career—including books about User Experience and other topics. I received so many stories about books that had an impact on our experts that I decided to publish this column in three parts. Part 1 covered design books. Now, in Part 2, we’ll focus primarily on books on UX research—covering books on both user research and usability testing—but we’ll also cover some books on applying the findings from UX research through user-centered design. Next month, Part 3 will consider books that, while not about User Experience, have greatly influenced our experts’ thinking.

    AnnouncementUXmatters is now an Amazon Associate, so you can support UXmatters by initiating a shopping trip on Amazon by clicking a book link in this column, then buying the book or any other products on Amazon. Thus, by making purchases on Amazon, you can—at no additional cost to you—help UXmatters cover its operating expenses, fund our ongoing Web-development efforts, and defray the recent $90,000.00 cost of completely rebuilding our site to implement our responsive design. Please show us that you value UXmatters and want us to continue delivering high-quality, free content to you every month. Thank you! UXmatters plans to launch a new Books section on our Web site, recommending helpful books to our readers about User Experience and other topics of interest to UX professionals. Read More

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