2dSearch: A Visual Approach to Search Strategy Formulation

Russell-Rose, Tony and Gooch, Philip. 2018. '2dSearch: A Visual Approach to Search Strategy Formulation'. In: Design of Experimental Search and Information REtrieval Systems (DESIRES 2018). Bertinoro, Italy 28-31 August 2018. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Knowledge workers (such as healthcare information professionals, patent agents and media monitoring professionals) need to create and execute search strategies that are accurate, repeatable and transparent. The traditional solution is to use lineby-line ‘query builders’ such as those offered by proprietary database vendors. However, these offer limited support for error checking or query optimization, and their output can often be compromised by errors and inefficiencies. In this paper, we present a new approach to query formulation in which concepts are expressed as objects on a two-dimensional canvas. Relationships between objects are articulated by manipulating them using drag and drop. Automated search term suggestions are provided using a combination of knowledge-based and statistical natural language processing techniques. This approach has the potential to eliminate many sources of inefficiency, make the query semantics more transparent, and offers further opportunities for query refinement and optimisation.

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Visualization, Boolean, query expansion, professional search

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31 August 2018Published

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Bertinoro, Italy

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28-31 August 2018

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14 Oct 2019 09:19

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14 Jun 2021 18:35



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