Comparing XML-IR query formation interfaces

Woodley, Alan, Geva, Shlomo and Edwards, Sylvia Lauretta (2006) Comparing XML-IR query formation interfaces. Australian Journal of Intelligent Information Processing, 9 2: 64-71.

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Author Woodley, Alan
Geva, Shlomo
Edwards, Sylvia Lauretta
Title Comparing XML-IR query formation interfaces
Journal name Australian Journal of Intelligent Information Processing
ISSN 1321-2133
Publication date 2006-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 9
Issue 2
Start page 64
End page 71
Total pages 8
Place of publication Canberra, ACT, Australia
Publisher Australian National University, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Computer Science
Language eng
Subject 080107 Natural Language Processing
080704 Information Retrieval and Web Search
080602 Computer-Human Interaction
Abstract XML information retrieval (XML-IR) systems differ from traditional information retrieval systems by using structure of XML documents to retrieve more specific units of information than the documents themselves. Users interact with XML-IR systems via structured queries that express their content and structural requirements. Historically, it has been common belief within the XML-IR community that structured queries will perform better than traditional keyword-only queries. However, recent system-orientated analysis has show that this assumption may be incorrect when system performance is averaged over a set of queries. Here, we test this assumption with users via a simulated work task experiment. We compare a keyword only interface with two user friendly XML-IR interfaces: NLPX, a natural language interface and Bricks, a query-bytemplate interface. This is the first time that a XML-IR natural language interface has been tested in user experiments. We compare the retrieval performance of all three interfaces and the usability of the two structured interfaces. Our results correspond to those of the system-orientated evaluation and indicate that structured queries do not aid retrieval performance. They also show that in terms of retrieval performance and usability the structured interfaces are comparable.
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