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MS Final Exam – Christopher J Mendez

The InclusiveMag Method: A start towards more inclusive software for diverse populations

How can software practitioners assess whether their software supports diverse users? Although there are empirical processes that can be used to find “inclusivity bugs” piecemeal, what is often needed is a systematic inspection method to assess software’s support for diverse populations. To help fill this gap, this thesis introduces InclusiveMag, a generalization of GenderMag that can be used to generate systematic inclusiveness methods for a particular dimension of diversity. We then present 1) a multicase study covering eight diversity dimensions, of eight teams’ experiences applying InclusiveMag to eight under-served populations and their “mainstream” counterparts and 2) the start of the application of InclusiveMag to making software more inclusive to individuals of low socioeconomic status, through means of a systematic mapping study.

Major Advisor: Margaret Burnett
Committee: Anita Sarma
Committee: Jennifer Parham-Mocello
Committee: Kristen Macuga
GCR: David Maddison

Monday, March 2, 2020 at 11:00am to 1:00pm

Kelley Engineering Center, 1005
110 SW Park Terrace, Corvallis, OR 97331

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Lecture or Presentation

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Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
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Calvin Hughes

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