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Applying Cognitive Theories to Evaluate Conceptual Models in Systems Analysis

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Executive Summary

Conceptual models have been evaluated along the dimensions of modeling complexity (how easy is it to create schemas given requirements?) and readability (how easy is it to understand the requirements by reading the model schema?). In this paper, the authors update COGEVAL, a propositional framework based on cognitive theories to evaluate conceptual models. They synthesize work from cognitive literature to develop the framework, and show how it can be used to explain earlier empirical results as well as existing theoretical frameworks. They illustrate how COGEVAL can be used as a theoretical basis to design an empirical test of readability of a conceptual model.

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