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adaptive interfaces

user interfaces that change over time, in response to how they are used, to improve the quality of the interaction. Examples with current technology include speech and handwriting recognition systems that improve the accuracy of their recognition as they become familiar with the user’s style.

Adaptive systems also include those that detect common user tasks and make these tasks more accessible — making lists of recently-opened files is a very simple example of this. Any adaptive interface has, at some level of detail, a model of the user’s behavior that is refined, and provides an interaction that fits the behavior as best as it can.