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Bricks: The Building Blocks to Tackle Query Formulation in Structured Document Retrieval

  • Roelof van Zwol
  • Jeroen Baas
  • Herre van Oostendorp
  • Frans Wiering
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3936)

Abstract

Structured document retrieval focusses on the retrieval of relevant document fragments for a given information need that contains both structural and textual aspects.

We focus here on the theory behind Bricks, a visual query formulation technique for structured document retrieval that aims at reducing the complexity of the query formulation process and required knowledge of the underlying document structure for the user, while maintaining full expression power, as offered by the NEXI query language for XML retrieval.

In addition, we present the outcomes of a large scale usability experiment, which compared Bricks to a keyword-based and a NEXI-based interface. The results show that participants were more successful at completing a search assignments using Bricks. Furthermore, we observed that the participants were also able to successfully complete complex search assignments significantly faster, when using the Bricks interface.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roelof van Zwol
    • 1
  • Jeroen Baas
    • 2
  • Herre van Oostendorp
    • 1
  • Frans Wiering
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Content and Knowledge EngineeringUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Elsevier, User Centered DesignAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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