Visualizing Meta Search Results: Evaluating the MetaCrystal Toolset

Spoerri, Anselm Visualizing Meta Search Results: Evaluating the MetaCrystal Toolset., 2006 . In 69th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST), Austin (US), 3-8 November 2006. [Conference paper]


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MetaCrystal aims to help users find the documents that are most likely to be relevant. It compares the results returned by multiple search engines and displays the documents based on the number of engines that found them and their rank positions in the result lists. First, this paper examines the validity of the MetaCrystal design approach by calculating the probability that a document is relevant based on the number of engines that found it and its rank positions in the result lists. Using TREC data, it is shown that MetaCrystal’s visual design is sound because it visually emphasizes documents based on their likelihood of being relevant. Second, this paper investigates if users are able to use the MetaCrystal‘s visualizations to find the documents that are most likely to be relevant. The results of a user study are reported that show that novice users are able to accomplish this task.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: relevancy ; search engines
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information > BI. User interfaces, usability.
L. Information technology and library technology > LS. Search engines.
Depositing user: Norm Medeiros
Date deposited: 18 Dec 2006
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:05


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