AND OR NOT visualizations

14 Jun 2011 - 2:32pm
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kojo
2008

Guys any good examples that visualize many combined options with multiple use of AND OR NOT...

thanks in advance, or if there is a standard control for that, I tried transferable list boxes, and rows in a grid with AND OR  NOT as a column, not good enough...I also tried multiple combo-boxes...I need a neat intuitive solution, does such thing exist?

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17 Jun 2011 - 4:46am
Jan Dittrich
2010

Alan Cooper suggests in "About Face" an alternative which is not using AND, OR, NOT but natural language terms like  “all of the following apply” or “not all of the following apply.” (Chap. 15 in the 3rd edition) The solution basically is the GUI based creation of a long "query sentence".

19 Jun 2011 - 7:06pm
kojo
2008

Thanks a million I have read the Alan Cooper suggestion but it is for simple situations, mine is far more complex than this. But thanks alot anyway. 

On Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 12:13 PM, Jan Dittrich <jan.dittrich@uni-weimar.de> wrote:

Alan Cooper suggests in "About Face" an alternative which is not using AND, OR, NOT but natural language terms like  “all of the following apply” or “not all of the following apply.” (Chap. 15 in the 3rd edition) The solution basically is the GUI based creation of a long "query sentence".

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19 Jun 2011 - 12:17pm
Don Dunbar
2009

It depends on what the goal is. If you need something that utilizes actual Boolean logic, I have not seen any successful visual techniques. If you want just to have options, then Cooper's alternative is a good one. 

You should keep in mind that people who actual will utilize Boolean logic to its fullest will be better served with a text box. That way they have full control over the logic. This logic can get quite complicated and have many twists and turns. Just for a simple example look at the difference between these : A and B or C,  (A and B) or C,  A  and (B or C). Each one will result in a different result set. The question then becomes, how do let the user control the parenthesis? 

I've worked on a project where we came up with several solutions but none worked with a high enough accuracy.

It would be worthwhile to see more research on this question.

 

19 Jun 2011 - 7:06pm
kojo
2008

I have that very same scenario even more complex, setting criteria for resources, I need a consultant who may speak English fluently and French and or good with CSS, but not located in that specific area and so forth...and as you mentioned no good examples so far, I am working on one, if you care i can share the prototypes once finished...and thanks a million for the reply.


On Sun, Jun 19, 2011 at 10:05 PM, Don Dunbar <salemd1ster@gmail.com> wrote:

It depends on what the goal is. If you need something that utilizes actual Boolean logic, I have not seen any successful visual techniques. If you want just to have options, then Cooper's alternative is a good one. 

You should keep in mind that people who actual will utilize Boolean logic to its fullest will be better served with a text box. That way they have full control over the logic. This logic can get quite complicated and have many twists and turns. Just for a simple example look at the difference between these : A and B or C,  (A and B) or C,  A  and (B or C). Each one will result in a different result set. The question then becomes, how do let the user control the parenthesis? 

I've worked on a project where we came up with several solutions but none worked with a high enough accuracy.

It would be worthwhile to see more research on this question.

 

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