Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 4569, 2007, pp 97-109

Correlating Text and Images: Concept and Evaluation

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Abstract

This paper presents the concept and an evaluation of a novel approach to support students to understand complex spatial relations and to learn unknown terms of a domain-specific terminology with coordinated textual descriptions and illustrations. Our approach transforms user interactions into queries to an information retrieval system. By selecting text segments or by adjusting the view to interesting domain objects, learners can request additional contextual information. Therefore, the system uses pre-computed multi-level representations of the content of explanatory text and of views on 3D models to suggest textual descriptions or views on 3D objects that might support the current learning task.

Our experimental application is evaluated by a user study that analyzes (i) similarity measures that are used by the information retrieval system to coordinate the content of descriptive texts and computer-generated illustrations and (ii) the impact of the individual components of these measures. Our study revealed that the retrieved results match the preferences of the users. Furthermore, the statistical analysis suggests a rough value to cut-off retrieval results according to their relevancy.