Computing at Glasgow University
Paper ID: 7972

An Explorative Study of Interface Support for Image Searching
Urban,J. Jose,J.M.

Publication Type: Conference Proceedings
Appeared in: Adaptive Multimedia Retrieval: User, Context, and Feedback, Revised Selected Papers of the Third International Workshop on Adaptive Multimedia Retrieval (AMR 2005)
Page Numbers : 207-221
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Year: 2006
ISBN/ISSN: 3-540-32174-8

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In this paper we study interfaces for image retrieval systems. Current image retrieval interfaces are limited to providing query facilities and result presentation. The user can inspect the results and possibly provide feedback on their relevance for the current query. Our approach, in contrast, encourages the user to group and organise their search results and thus provide more fine-grained feedback for the system. It combines the search and management process, which – according to our hypothesis – helps the user to conceptualise their search tasks and to overcome the query formulation problem. An evaluation, involving young design-professionals and different types of information seeking scenarios, shows that the proposed approach succeeds in encouraging the user to conceptualise their tasks and that it leads to increased user satisfaction. However, it could not be shown to increase performance. We identify the problems in the current setup, which when eliminated should lead to more effective searching overall.

Keywords: content-based image retrieval, user study, evaluation

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