A Design Protocol Analysis Tool

Formerly known as "Linkographer",


LiNKODER is a software tool that aims at automating the calculations in design protocol analysis and hence reducing the cost and time for doing such studies. It has been implemented using Processing Java IDE and is based on the FBS design issues coding scheme. 

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Please cite the following paper if you use LiNKODER in your research project:

Pourmohamadi, M., & Gero, J. S. (2011). LINKOgrapher: An analysis tool to study design protocols based on FBS coding scheme. In DS 68-2: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 11), Impacting Society through Engineering Design, Vol. 2: Design Theory and Research Methodology, Lyngby/Copenhagen, Denmark, 15.-19.08. 2011. [PDF]

The LiNKODER uses Function-Behaviour-Structure (FBS) Coding Scheme to analyse verbal protocols of design. More information about FBS  Ontology of Design can be found in the following papers:


The following research projects are use LiNKODER to analyse design protocols:


You need  Java Virtual Machine to run LiNKODER. Once Java is installed, you should be able to run LiNKODER regardless of your operating system or it's version.