Tuesday, November 22, 2011

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

This was published in 1995 and is now a quite old one. This paper discusses about the analysis of the full text documents. At that time most of the text analysis mainly concentrated on the abstracts and the titles for analysis. However with the advent of more and more full text documents flooding the web the technique of title and abstraction wouldn't work. The author has propose Tile bar which would help in this.

I had not heard about tile bars before reading this paper. It was interesting to read how these tile bars would solve the issues of relative length, query and frequency distribution of the text. The author has proposed a TextTiling algorithm. However the results of the algorithm cannot be determined which is a bit concerning for me when the author says that this is a fully implemented algorithm.

Most appealing thing about the TileBar is that since it is a visual technique to view the frequency and distribution of the words , this will greatly help the users in skimming through long text and in turn will reduce their time of searching long documents. I too have experienced this problems many a times.