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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 2926904, 12 pages
Research Article

Usability Evaluation Approach of Educational Resources Software Using Mixed Intelligent Optimization

School of Computer Science and Technology, Xi’an University of Posts and Telecommunications, Xi’an 710121, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Jiaze Sun

Received 12 July 2017; Revised 11 September 2017; Accepted 26 September 2017; Published 30 October 2017

Academic Editor: José Alfredo Hernández-Pérez

Copyright © 2017 Jiaze Sun. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Aiming at the problems of strong subjectivity and uncertain fuzziness of attribute weights in the software usability evaluation approach, an evaluation approach based on mixed intelligent optimization was proposed, which combines subjective and objective methods to measure software usability for educational resources software. Firstly, the usability evaluation index system of educational resources software was established, and the basic probability assignment was generated by the interval method from the historical sample data. Then the weight optimization problem was adapted to the smooth optimization problem by the maximum entropy function method, and the hybrid social cognitive optimization (HSCO) algorithm was introduced to solve the optimal weights of evidence. Finally, the software usability level was fused by DS evidence theory. The experimental results show that the educational resources software usability evaluation approach can objectively and truly reflect the usability of the software. It provides an efficient way to evaluate the usability of the software.