Supporting searching on small screen devices using summarisation

Simon Sweeney, Fabio Crestani

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In recent years, small screen devices have seen widespread increase in their acceptance and use. Combining mobility with their increased technological advances many such devices can now be considered mobile information terminals. However, user interactions with small screen devices remain a challenge due to the inherent limited display capabilities. These challenges are particularly evident for tasks, such as information seeking. In this paper we assess the effectiveness of using hierarchical-query biased summaries as a means of supporting the results of an information search conducted on a small screen device, a PDA. We present the results of an experiment focused on measuring users' perception of relevance of displayed documents, in the form of automatically generated summaries of increasing length, in response to a simulated submitted query. The aim is to study experimentally how users' perception of relevance varies depending on the length of summary, in relation to the characteristics of the PDA interface on which the content is presented. Experimental results suggest that hierarchical query-biased summaries are useful and assist users in making relevance judgments.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sep 2003
EventProceedings of Mobile HCI 2003 International Workshop - Udine, Italy
Duration: 8 Sep 200311 Sep 2003


ConferenceProceedings of Mobile HCI 2003 International Workshop
CityUdine, Italy


  • small screen devices
  • searching
  • PDA

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