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Analysis of Haptics Evolution from Web Search Engines' Data

Agnès Guerraz
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Céline Loscos


This article proposes using search engine results data such as the number of results containing relevant terms, to measure the evolution of Haptics, the field devoted to the science and technology of the sense of touch. Haptics is a complex discipline which is at the intersection of the knowledge of several specialized fields like robotics, computer science, psychology, and mathematics. It can also appear as a new and emergent discipline due to the fact that many promising haptic interfaces, which allow innovative multimodal applications in many fields, have become mature only recently. The study presented in this article uses data collected at different periods of time (in December 1999, January 2004, January 2005, November 2006 and April 2007) on Web search engines from requests on three different terminologies: haptique, haptik and haptics, taken respectively from French, German, and English languages. The evolution of Haptics is seemingly reflected by to the online frequency of these specific terms over time. This evolution has been measured by considering the Internet community through search engines such as Google or Yahoo!.


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hal-00746818 , version 1 (29-10-2012)


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Agnès Guerraz, Céline Loscos. Analysis of Haptics Evolution from Web Search Engines' Data. Journal of Multimedia, 2009, 4 (4), pp.196-203. ⟨hal-00746818⟩
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