An international team of researchers led by Aalto University in Finland has created a new keyboard arrangement by using computational methods to position keyboard characters for easier, more intuitive typing. The end product is an algorithmically generated keyboard standard introduced this week by France. The AZERTY standard includes commonly used characters in the French language, as well as 60 new characters arranged in locations determined by the algorithm. The researchers built statistical models of character use in modern French, drawing on various texts and programming code, while the key presses of more than 900 people were gleaned from a crowdsourcing study to determine what could be considered an “easy” key press.
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