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Article: Visualizing web search results using glyphs: Design and evaluation of a flower metaphor

TitleVisualizing web search results using glyphs: Design and evaluation of a flower metaphor
Authors
KeywordsDesign science
Glyphs
Information visualization
Web searching
Issue Date2011
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://tmis.acm.org/
Citation
ACM Transactions On Management Information Systems, 2011, v. 2 n. 1, article no. 2 How to Cite?
AbstractWhile the Web provides a lot of useful information to managers and decision makers in organizations for decision support, it requires a lot of time and cognitive effort for users to sift through a search result list returned by search engines to find useful information. Previous research in information visualization has shown that visualization techniques can help users comprehend information and accomplish information tasksmore efficiently and effectively. However, only a limited number of such techniques have been applied to Web search result visualization withmixed evaluation results. Using a design science approach, this research designed and implemented a glyph (a graphical object that represents the values of multiple dimensions using multiple visual parameters) and a system for visualizing Web search results. A flower metaphor was adopted in the glyph design to represent the characteristics and metadata of Web documents. Following the cognitive fit theory, an experimental study was conducted to evaluate three displays: a numeric display, a glyph display, and a combined display which showed numbers only, glyphs only, and both, respectively. Experimental results showed that the glyph display and the combined display performed better when task complexity was high, and the numeric display and the combined display performed better when task complexity was low. The combined display also received the best perceived usability from the subjects. Based on the findings, the implications of the study to research and practice are discussed and some future research directions are suggested. © 2011 ACM.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/139818
ISSN
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.665
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dc.description.abstractWhile the Web provides a lot of useful information to managers and decision makers in organizations for decision support, it requires a lot of time and cognitive effort for users to sift through a search result list returned by search engines to find useful information. Previous research in information visualization has shown that visualization techniques can help users comprehend information and accomplish information tasksmore efficiently and effectively. However, only a limited number of such techniques have been applied to Web search result visualization withmixed evaluation results. Using a design science approach, this research designed and implemented a glyph (a graphical object that represents the values of multiple dimensions using multiple visual parameters) and a system for visualizing Web search results. A flower metaphor was adopted in the glyph design to represent the characteristics and metadata of Web documents. Following the cognitive fit theory, an experimental study was conducted to evaluate three displays: a numeric display, a glyph display, and a combined display which showed numbers only, glyphs only, and both, respectively. Experimental results showed that the glyph display and the combined display performed better when task complexity was high, and the numeric display and the combined display performed better when task complexity was low. The combined display also received the best perceived usability from the subjects. Based on the findings, the implications of the study to research and practice are discussed and some future research directions are suggested. © 2011 ACM.en_HK
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dc.publisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://tmis.acm.org/en_HK
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dc.rightsACM Transactions on Management Information Systems. Copyright © Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.-
dc.subjectDesign scienceen_HK
dc.subjectGlyphsen_HK
dc.subjectInformation visualizationen_HK
dc.subjectWeb searchingen_HK
dc.titleVisualizing web search results using glyphs: Design and evaluation of a flower metaphoren_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailChau, M: mchau@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
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