Rethinking ‘Advanced Search’: A New Approach to Complex Query Formulation

Russell-Rose, Tony; Chamberlain, Jon and Kruschwitz, Udo. 2019. 'Rethinking ‘Advanced Search’: A New Approach to Complex Query Formulation'. In: European Conference on Information Retrieval. Cologne, Germany 14-18 April 2019. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Knowledge workers such as patent agents, recruiters and media monitoring professionals undertake work tasks where search forms a core part of their duties. In these instances, the search task often involves the formulation of complex queries expressed as Boolean strings. However, creating effective Boolean queries remains an ongoing challenge, often compromised by errors and inefficiencies. In this demo paper, we present a new approach to query formulation in which concepts are expressed on a two-dimensional canvas and relationships are articulated using direct manipulation. This has the potential to eliminate many sources of error, makes the query semantics more transparent, and offers new opportunities for query refinement and optimisation

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query formulation, advanced search, Boolean, search visualisation, professional search

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7 April 2019Published

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Cologne, Germany

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14-18 April 2019

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14 Oct 2019 08:47

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16 Jun 2021 04:48


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