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Search User Interfaces by Marti A. Hearst

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10 Information Visualization for Search Interfaces

The preceding chapters have discussed user interfaces to support search, with a focus on what is known to be successful (from a usability perspective) for the vast majority of searchers. This and the following chapter describe efforts to improve search interfaces by incorporating visual information into the display using techniques from the field of information visualization.

The human perceptual system is highly attuned to images, and visual representations can communicate some kinds of information more rapidly and effectively than text. For example, the familiar bar chart or line graph can be much more evocative of the underlying data than the corresponding table of numbers (Larkin and Simon ...

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