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  • Title: Search User Interfaces
  • Authors Marti A. Hearst
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (September 30, 2009)
  • Permission: "By permission of Cambridge University Press, browsing the contents of the book on this web site is free"
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • eBook: HTML files
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521113792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521113793
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Book Description

This book focuses on the human users of search engines and the tool they use to interact with them: the search user interface. The truly worldwide reach of the Web has brought with it a new realization among computer scientists and laypeople of the enormous importance of usability and user interface design. In the last ten years, much has become understood about what works in search interfaces from a usability perspective, and what does not.

Researchers and practitioners have developed a wide range of innovative interface ideas, but only the most broadly acceptable make their way into major web search engines.

This book summarizes these developments, presenting the state of the art of search interface design, both in academic research and in deployment in commercial systems. Many books describe the algorithms behind search engines and information retrieval systems, but the unique focus of this book is specifically on the user interface.

It will be welcomed by industry professionals who design systems that use search interfaces as well as graduate students and academic researchers who investigate information systems.

About the Authors
  • Dr. Marti Hearst is an associate professor in the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley. She received B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from University of California Berkeley and was a member of the research staff at Xerox PARC from 1994 to 1997. Her research focuses on search user interfaces, computational linguistics, and information visualization. She is an Okawa Foundation Fellow and an IBM faculty Fellow and is a recipient of the NSF CAREER grant, a Google faculty research grant, and more than $2 million in government research funding. She has advised and consulted for numerous search-related companies.
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