An Experimental Method for Measuring the Emergence of New Ideas in Information Discovery

Andruid Kerne, Steven M. Smith, Eunyee Koh, Hyun Choi, Ross Graeber
2008 International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction  
While sometimes the task that motivates searching, browsing, and collecting information resources is finding a particular fact, humans often use information resources in intellectual and creative tasks that can include comparison, understanding, and discovery. Information discovery tasks involve not only finding relevant information, but also seeing relationships among collected information resources, and developing new ideas. Our hypothesis is that how information is represented impacts the
more » ... nitude of human creativity in information discovery tasks. How can we measure this creative cognition? Studies of search have focused on time and accuracy, metrics of limited value for measuring creative discovery. We develop a new experimental method, which measures the emergence of new ideas in information discovery, to evaluate the efficacy of representations. We compare the efficacy of the typical textual list representation for information collections with an alternative representation, combinFormation's composition of image and text surrogates. Representing collections with such compositions increases emergence in information discovery.
doi:10.1080/10447310802142243 fatcat:fbaoag5ujzgohitbj77z3ryhh4