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Techniques and Tools for Making Sense out of Heterogeneous Search Service Results

Baldonado, Michelle Q. Wang and Winograd, Terry (1995) Techniques and Tools for Making Sense out of Heterogeneous Search Service Results. Technical Report. Stanford University.




We describe a set of techniques that allows users to interact with results at a higher level than the citation level, even when those results come from a variety of heterogeneous on-line search services. We believe that interactive result analysis allows users to "make sense" out of the potentially many results that may match the constraints they have supplied to the search services. The inspiration for this approach comes from reference librarians, who do not respond to patrons' questions with lists of citations, but rather give high-level answers that are tailored to the patrons' needs. We outline here the details of the methods we employ in order to meet our goal of allowing for dynamic, user-directed abstraction over result sets, as well as the prototype tool (SenseMaker) we have built based upon these techniques. We also take a brief look at the more general theory that underlies the tool, and hypothesize that it is applicable to flexible duplicate detection as well.

Item Type:Techreport (Technical Report)
Additional Information:Previous number = SIDL-1995-0019
Subjects:Computer Science > Digital Libraries
Projects:Digital Libraries
Related URLs:Project Homepage
ID Code:129
Deposited By:Import Account
Deposited On:28 Oct 2001 16:00
Last Modified:02 Dec 2008 15:37

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