Explanatory semantic relatedness and explicit spatialization for exploratory search

Brent Hecht, Samuel H. Carton, Mahmood Quaderi, Johannes Schöning, Martin Raubal, Darren Gergle, Doug Downey

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Abstract

Exploratory search, in which a user investigates complex concepts, is cumbersome with today's search engines. We present a new exploratory search approach that generates interactive visualizations of query concepts using thematic cartography (e.g. choropleth maps, heat maps). We show how the approach can be applied broadly across both geographic and non-geographic contexts through explicit spatialization, a novel method that leverages any figure or diagram - from a periodic table, to a parliamentary seating chart, to a world map - as a spatial search environment. We enable this capability by introducing explanatory semantic relatedness measures. These measures extend frequently-used semantic relatedness measures to not only estimate the degree of relatedness between two concepts, but also generate human-readable explanations for their estimates by mining Wikipedia's text, hyperlinks, and category structure. We implement our approach in a system called Atlasify, evaluate its key components, and present several use cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIGIR'12 - Proceedings of the International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval
Pages415-424
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 28 2012
Event35th Annual ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 2012 - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Aug 12 2012Aug 16 2012

Publication series

NameSIGIR'12 - Proceedings of the International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval

Other

Other35th Annual ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPortland, OR
Period8/12/128/16/12

Keywords

  • cartography
  • exploratory search
  • geography
  • giscience
  • semantic relatedness
  • spatialization
  • text mining
  • wikipedia

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