Computing Reviews
Today's Issue Hot Topics Search Browse Recommended My Account Log In
Review Help
On search in an incomplete database
Linde L., Waern Y. International Journal of Man-Machine Studies22 (5):563-579,1985.Type:Article
Date Reviewed: Mar 1 1986

This paper clearly presents preliminary research results on how people interact with an incomplete database. An incomplete database is one in which the answer to a question cannot be located directly (in a single query to the database). Examples of such searching include making a medical diagnosis or solving a crime. The study described in this paper is actually on how to solve problems with the aid of a database management system. Since the task is more problem solving than database related, more references could have been made to the problem solving literature.

Since this study was limited in scope, its primary contribution is in introducing an important topic. The symbiotic relationship between a person and a computer (in the form of a DBMS) is certainly one which deserves attention. In particular, questions about the distribution of intelligence in such a system come to mind.

Reviewer:  A. L. Tharp Review #: CR110101
Bookmark and Share
Would you recommend this review?
Other reviews under "Human Factors": Date
Cognitive difficulties and access to information systems: an interaction design perspective
Gregor P., Dickinson A. Universal Access in the Information Society 5(4): 393-400, 2007. Type: Article
Jan 31 2008
An experimental comparison of tabular and graphic data presentation
Powers M., Lashley C., Sanchez P., Shneiderman B. International Journal of Man-Machine Studies 20(6): 545-566, 1984. Type: Article
May 1 1985
Conceptions of the discipline of HCI: craft, applied science, and engineering
Long J., Dowell J.  People and computers V (, Univ. of Nottingham, Sep 5-8, 1989)321989. Type: Proceedings
May 1 1991

E-Mail This Printer-Friendly
Send Your Comments
Contact Us
Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.   Copyright 2004™
Terms of Use
| Privacy Policy