Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Result Display

  • Catherine PlaisantEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_316


Preview; Result display;Result overview


After formulating and initiating a search in a database, users review the results. The complexity of this task varies greatly depending on the users’ needs, from selecting one or more top ranked items to conducting a complex analysis of the results in the hope of discovering an unknown phenomena. Displaying results includes providing and overview of the results and previews of items, manipulating visualizations, changing the sequencing of the results, adjusting the size of the results, clustering results by topic or attribute values, providing relevance feedback, examining individual items, and presenting explanatory messages such as restating the initial query.

Key Points

Displaying results is part of a dynamic and iterative decision-making process in which users initiate queries, review results and refine their queries. Users scan objects rapidly to determine whether to examine them more closely, or move on in the dataset....

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Tiziana Catarci
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. di Ingegneria Informatica, Automatica e GestionaleUniversita di RomaRomaItaly