Improving Personal Tagging Consistency through Visualization of Tag Relevancy

  • Qin Gao
  • Yusen Dai
  • Kai Fu
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5621)


Tagging has emerged as a new means of organizing information, but the inconsistency in tagging behaviors of users is a major drawback which degrades both information organization and retrieval performance. The current study aims to study how the intra-personal consistency of tagging can be improved by proper tag visualization. The effects of visualization of tag frequency and visualization of the relevancy among tags on personal tagging consistency are empirically tested and compared through an experiment with 39 participants. The results show that visualization of tag relevancy improves tagging consistency significantly and reduces mental workload simultaneously; visualization of tag frequency may alleviate perceived physical demand when tag relevancy is visualized. The findings provide clear and meaningful implications for system designers.


collaborative tagging systems consistency tagging information visualization tag cloud 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Qin Gao
    • 1
  • Yusen Dai
    • 1
  • Kai Fu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Industrial EngineeringTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina

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