Sunday, November 20, 2011

Reaction: TileBars - Visualization of Term Distribution Information in Full Text Information Access

This paper focuses on how results of information retrieval can be effectively presented to users completely, without loss of context. A different concept called 'TileBars' is proposed in this paper. I feel the author has introduced the concept very nicely. It is easier to understand as the paper follows a very logical flow by explaining what traditional information retrieval does. Boolean term specification and similarity search are two predominantly used techniques for this purpose. The author explains both in brief and explains the problems that crop up with ranking. Then the paper ventures into the importance of structure in a document and presenting the technique of TileBars.

This paper was written back in 1995. A more detailed and easy explanation to follow can be found at the author's homepage:
I was surprised to read that TileBars has gone commercial. It was implemented in PagisPro97, a scanning software that shipped with Windows 95/NT desktop.