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Focused browsing: Providing topical feedback for link selection in hypertext browsing

Jones, Gareth J.F. and Li, Quixiang (2008) Focused browsing: Providing topical feedback for link selection in hypertext browsing. In: 30th European Conference on Information Retrieval Research (ECIR 2008), 30 Mar - 3 Apr 2008, Glasgow, Scotland.

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When making decisions about whether to navigate to a linked page, users of standard browsers of hypertextual documents returned by an information retrieval search engine are entirely reliant on the content of the anchortext associated with links and the surrounding text. This information is often insufficient for them to make reliable decisions about whether to open a linked page, and they can find themselves following many links to pages which are not helpful with subsequent return to the previous page. We describe a prototype focusing browsing application which provides feedback on the likely usefulness of each page linked from the current one, and a term cloud preview of the contents of each linked page. Results from an exploratory experiment suggest that users can find this useful in improving their search efficiency.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:hypertextual documents; term clouds
Subjects:Computer Science > Information retrieval
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for Digital Video Processing (CDVP)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
Published in:Advances in Information Retrieval. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 4956. Springer-Verlag.
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Copyright Information:© 2008 Springer-Verlag. The original publication is available at
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:16502
Deposited On:19 Aug 2011 11:38 by Shane Harper. Last Modified 19 Aug 2011 11:38

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