Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Reactions: TileBars

TileBar is a visualization tool that aims on using text structure. Unlike internet search engine that is out today, tilebar will rank the results based on query term distribution, document length, and query term frequency. One inherit problem w/ this approach is that it's often difficult to detect when term(s) end and begin. Tilebar aims to resolve this problem by using the passage the text showed up in.

Unfontunately, the visualization that resulted from TileBar was disappointing. The lack of color and small pixels makes it very hard for the user to determine which document can potentially be more useful. In addition, numerous items in the reading like description of infocrystal and cube of contents was extremely confusing.