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Usability evaluation of an experimental text summarization system and three search engines: Implications for the reengineering of health care interfaces

Kan, Min-yen; McKeown, Kathleen; Klavans, Judith L.; Kushniruk, Andre W.; Jordan, Desmond; LaFlamme, Mark; Patel, Vimla L.

This paper describes the comparative evaluation of an experimental automated text summarization system, Centrifuser and three conventional search engines - Google, Yahoo and About.com. Centrifuser provides information to patients and families relevant to their questions about specific health conditions. It then produces a multidocument summary of articles retrieved by a standard search engine, tailored to the user's question. Subjects, consisting of friends or family of hospitalized patients, were asked to "think aloud" as they interacted with the four systems. The evaluation involved audio- and video recording of subject interactions with the interfaces in situ at a hospital. Results of the evaluation show that subjects found Centrifuser's summarization capability useful and easy to understand. In comparing Centrifuser to the three search engines, subjects' ratings varied; however, specific interface features were deemed useful across interfaces. We conclude with a discussion of the implications for engineering Web-based retrieval systems.

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Computer Science
Publisher
Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium (AMIA 2002
Published Here
May 10, 2013
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