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Expert error: The case of trouble-shooting in electronics

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Denis Besnard


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An expert trouble-shooter is a subject who has a great deal of experience in his activity that allows him or her to be very efficient. However, the large amount of problems he or she has experienced tends to rigidify his or her strategies due to empirical learning and application of [symptom-fault] cooccurrence rules. We defend the hypothesis that experts' errors depend on the knowledge of these co-occurrences. Our experiment supported this point of view: expert trouble-shooters in electronics implement non-relevant actions in an atypical symptoms configuration. From an operational point of view, human is an active component of systems and the final dependability partly relies on human reliability. More specifically, human operators are strongly involved in maintenance and trouble-shooting activities. One then has to know about the cognitive processes involved in expert error and integrate this knowledge in the design of systems.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Besnard D

Editor(s): Koornneef, F., van der Meulen, M.

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Computer Safety, Reliability and Security: 19th International Conference (SAFECOMP)

Year of Conference: 2000

Pages: 74-85

ISSN: 0302-9743 (Print) 1611-3349 (Online)

Publisher: Springer-Verlag


DOI: 10.1007/3-540-40891-6_7

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Series Title: Lecture Notes in Computer Science

ISBN: 9783540411864