Dynamic queries for information exploration: an implementation and evaluation

TitleDynamic queries for information exploration: an implementation and evaluation
Publication TypeConference Papers
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsAhlberg C, Williamson C, Shneiderman B
Conference NameProceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems
Date Published1992///
Conference LocationNew York, NY, USA
ISBN Number0-89791-513-5

We designed, implemented and evaluated a new concept for direct manipulation of databases, called dynamic queries, that allows users to formulate queries with graphical widgets, such as sliders. By providing a graphical visualization of the database and search results, users can find trends and exceptions easily. Eighteen undergraduate chemistry students performed statistically significantly faster using a dynamic queries interface compared to two interfaces both providing form fill-in as input method, one with graphical visualization output and one with all-textual output. The interfaces were used to explore the periodic table of elements and search on their properties.