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The Descriptive Study of Walking Animated Figures

The aim of this study was to examine descriptions of walking in animations. Some impressions of walking performed by animated figures and a human were rated by 20 subjects. Results of the factor analysis confirmed two factors of "light-heavy" and "natural unnatural" found by Nomura and Yokota (1993). Animated figures and the human were plotted by the mean factor scores into a two dimensional space that was defined by the two factors and, were classified into four groups; they were named as "trot (fast step)" including the human's action, "slow step", "fast motion", and "slow motion" according to their moving characteristics. The former two and the latter two groups give impress ions likely to be realistic walking and to be unrealistic one, respectively.

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