Computing at Glasgow University
Paper ID: 8148

Can a Workspace Help to Overcome the Query Formulation Problem in Image Retrieval?
Urban,J. Jose,J.M.

Publication Type: Conference Proceedings
Appeared in: Proceedings of the 28th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR'06)
Page Numbers : 385–396
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Year: 2006

We have proposed a novel image retrieval system that incorporates a workspace where users can organise their search results. A task-oriented and user-centred experiment has been devised involving design professionals and several types of realistic search tasks. We study the workspace’s effect on two aspects: task conceptualisation and query formulation. A traditional relevance feedback system serves as baseline. The results of this study show that the workspace is more useful with respect to both of the above aspects. The proposed approach leads to a more effective and enjoyable search experience.

Keywords: image retrieval; relevance feedback; workspace; user-experiment

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