SpoolCast: Designing for Facets Followup

Adam Churchill

September 21st, 2009

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You want your users to successfully sift through all of your site content, quickly and effectively. Faceted search delivers on that promise.
Duration: 33m | 17MB
Recorded: August, 2009
Brian Christiansen, UIE Podcast Producer
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A few weeks back we held a UIE Virtual Seminar with Pete Bell and Daniel Tunkelang of Endeca. These guys are the experts we go to when talking about designing for facets.  As always, we had a number of excellent questions from the live audience that we couldn’t attend to during the seminar, so I got together with Pete and Daniel to record this podcast and cover a number of those remaining questions.

If you didn’t attend the live seminar, and are interested in how to make the jump from a standard on-site search to faceted search, then you’ll still enjoy this podcast. If you find yourself wanting more afterward, don’t forget you can still purchase a recording of the session for another 90 minutes of Faceted Search.

During the podcast, Adam asked Pete and Daniel to dig into these questions:

  • Should we show counts for each facet? What about when using multiple selection?
  • Can you elaborate on the mixing and matching of precision and recall results to construct facets?
  • Is there a best practice for deselecting facets?
  • Most search interfaces assume a flat list of results. What happens when you mix up different types of results, and how would you distribute them across a page?

Tune in to hear more about designing for facets. Still have questions? Start the discussion in our comments, below.

4 Responses to “SpoolCast: Designing for Facets Followup”

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  2. Ted Wells Says:

    There were some great example links that the guest speakers gave. Is there a list of these anywhere? Thanks!

  3. Stephanie Lemieux Says:

    What are the solutions available for faceted search in BOM (bill-of-material) style, where instead of narrowing choices when selecting a value you are deconstructing a larger entity into parts – i.e. your count goes up as you drill down. In this case, the counts don’t match up… e.g. you have 1 car, it has 4 wheels, which each have 6 bolts, etc. The counts at the top level in this case shouldn’t add up the lower levels.

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