Rethinking ‘Advanced Search’: A New Approach to Complex Query Formulation

  • Tony Russell-RoseEmail author
  • Jon Chamberlain
  • Udo Kruschwitz
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11438)


Knowledge workers such as patent agents, recruiters and media monitoring professionals undertake work tasks where search forms a core part of their duties. In these instances, the search task often involves the formulation of complex queries expressed as Boolean strings. However, creating effective Boolean queries remains an ongoing challenge, often compromised by errors and inefficiencies. In this demo paper, we present a new approach to query formulation in which concepts are expressed on a two-dimensional canvas and relationships are articulated using direct manipulation. This has the potential to eliminate many sources of error, makes the query semantics more transparent, and offers new opportunities for query refinement and optimisation.


Query formulation Advanced search Boolean Search visualisation Professional search 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tony Russell-Rose
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jon Chamberlain
    • 2
  • Udo Kruschwitz
    • 2
  1. 1.UXlabs Ltd.WarringtonUK
  2. 2.School of Computer Science and Electronic EngineeringUniversity of EssexColchesterUK

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