Swiping layouts

The Z8 swiping layout.


Z8 Swiping layout

Further refinement. Improved 'have' and 'ould'.

The raw data is in this spreadsheet (ODS format), and here's the executive summary.
Lower scores are better.
Layout Stroke length  Score
Z8160189.56
Z7167192.52
Z6168197.77
Z2221248.53
QWERTY345467.58
Colmak417530.83
Dvorak462630.36


The Z7 swiping layout.


Z7 Swiping layout

Further refinement. Was trying to improve the for/from strings. Also redid the punctuation to put the arithmetic symbols next to the numpad.

The raw data is in this spreadsheet (ODS format), and here's the executive summary.
Lower scores are better.
Layout Stroke length  Score
Z7167192.52
Z6168197.77
Z2221248.53
QWERTY345467.58
Colmak417530.83
Dvorak462630.36

Yes it looks very intimidating, but many common words are very easy to swipe, so I think it will work well.




The Z6 swiping layout.


Z6 Swiping layout

I evolved the above layout from the previously posted Z2 layout, following suggestions from Den.

Instead of just randomly looking for common letter combinations, I went back to a proper string analysis (also used in the KLA tests), then counted the number of "steps" to swipe each combination. Then I multiplied it by the count on that linked page, added them all up, and divided by 10000000 to get a number humans can relate to.

The raw data is in this spreadsheet (ODS format), and here's the executive summary.
Lower scores are better.
LayoutScore
Z6197.77
Z2248.53
QWERTY467.58
Colmak530.83
Dvorak630.36

To be fair to QWERTY/Colmak/Dvorak, they are designed for 10 fingers on a fullsize keyboard, not for swiping on a cellphone.

The minor letters (pbzkqvxk) do not feature in the bi/tri/quadgrams so their positioning can possibly be improved.