Title: Exploring visualisation in web information retrieval

Authors: Anwar Alhenshiri, James Blustein

Addresses: Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University, 6050 University Avenue, Halifax, NS, B3H1W5, Canada. ' Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University, 6050 University Avenue, Halifax, NS, B3H1W5, Canada

Abstract: Most conventional web search engines return a small fraction of results per display in textual format. Such renderings require the user to scroll over multiple pages to find relevant results. To enhance the user|s ability to identify relevant documents among large sets of results, visualisation techniques are suggested. In addition, integrating the user in the process of query reformulation – by visualising the process itself – can lead to more relevant search results. This paper explores research concerned with visualising the processes of query reformulation and results rendering in web search, and provides research recommendations for further investigations of how best to integrate visualisation into web information retrieval.

Keywords: web information retrieval; information visualisation; query reformulation; web search engines; document retrieval; web documents.

DOI: 10.1504/IJITST.2011.041299

International Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions, 2011 Vol.3 No.3, pp.320 - 330

Available online: 16 Jul 2011

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