SpoolCast: Designing for Facets Followup

Adam Churchill

September 21st, 2009


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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