Visual Information Seeking: Tight Coupling of Dynamic Query Filters with Starfield Displays

Christopher Ahlberg* and Ben Shneiderman,     Department of Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory & Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. E-mail address:,


This paper offers new principles for visual information seeking (VIS). A key concept is to support browsing, which is distinguished from familiar query composition and information retrieval because of its emphasis on rapid filtering to reduce result sets, progressive refinement of search parameters, continuous reformulation of goals, and visual scanning to identify results. VIS principles developed ...

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