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Search User Interfaces by Marti A. Hearst

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11 Information Visualization for Text Analysis

As discussed in the previous chapter, visualization when applied to text seems to be most effective for specialists doing data analysis. Although this is an exciting field, it is not what most people think of when one talks about search interfaces. Unfortunately, some researchers working on visualization of text conflate search tasks with data analysis tasks. For example, Veerasamy and Heikes (1997) critique one interface for making it “more difficult than in our tool to gain an overall picture of the query word distribution for a whole set of documents in one glance.” It is unclear why a searcher would want to see such a distribution, even though such a view may be of great interest to a computational ...

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