Multi-tiered Visual Interfaces for Book Search with Digital Library Systems

Through the digitization of text corpora, information previously unavailable has become increasingly common. Among this information, the table of contents and index have been under-utilized for book search. This information can be represented visually, making it easier for the user to analyze the data efficiently and intuitively.

By gradually narrowing in focus, from a large repository, to a few books, to finally the underlying content, the user can quickly find information relevant to their interests. We present a multi-tiered visualization system which incorporates this information, with the goal of guiding the user more effectively towards information that is directly related to their interests.

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