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Author Villa, Robert ♦ Cantador, Iván ♦ Joho, Hideo ♦ Jose, Joemon M.
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Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Complex Search Task ♦ Search System ♦ Searching Environment ♦ Search Task ♦ Aspectual Interface ♦ Multiple Aspect ♦ Search Aspect ♦ Independent Subtask ♦ Standard Web-search Interface ♦ Search Interface ♦ Report Writing ♦ Broad Search Task ♦ Final Solution ♦ User Study ♦ Clear Cut ♦ Real-world Task ♦ Improved Task Performance ♦ Multiple Possible Solution ♦ Related Subtasks ♦ Decision Making Task
Description With the increasing importance of search systems on the web, there is a continuing push to design interfaces which are a better match with the kinds of real-world tasks in which users are engaged. In this paper, we consider how broad, complex search tasks may be supported via the search interface. In particular, we consider search tasks which may be composed of multiple aspects, or multiple related subtasks. For example, in decision making tasks the user may investigate multiple possible solutions before settling on a single, final solution, while other tasks, such as report writing, may involve searching on multiple interrelated topics. A search interface is presented which is designed to support such broad search tasks, allowing a user to create search aspects, each of which models an independent subtask of some larger task. The interface is built on the intuition that users should be able to structure their searching environment when engaged on complex search tasks, where the act of structuring and organization may aid the user in understanding his or her task. A user study was carried out which compared our aspectual interface to a standard web-search interface. The results suggest that an aspectual interface can aid users when engaged in broad search tasks where the search aspects must be identified during searching; for a task where search aspects were pre-defined, no advantage over the baseline was found. Results for a decision making task were less clear cut, but show some evidence for improved task performance.
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2009-01-01
Publisher Institution In: Proceeding of the 32nd Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR