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Search is among the most disruptive innovations of our time. It influences what we buy and where we go. It shapes how we learn and what we believe. This provocative and inspiring book explores design patterns that apply across the categories of web, e-commerce, enterprise, desktop, mobile, social, and realtime search and discovery. Using colorful illustrations and examples, the authors bring modern information retrieval to life, covering such diverse topics as relevance ranking, faceted navigation, multi-touch, and augmented reality. Search Patterns challenges us to invent the future of discovery while serving as a practical guide to help us make search better today: - Discover a pattern language for search that embraces user psychology and behavior, information architecture, interaction design, and emerging technology - Increase sales for e-commerce and efficiency in the enterprise - Help mobile users to achieve goals, complete tasks, and find what they need - Learn how futures methods and user experience deliverables can be employed to drive innovation in the design of search interfaces and applications Search Patterns draws upon insight and experience to help you build effective search applications. Web practitioners, mobile designers, students, search entrepreneurs, and anyone fascinated by the future will find this book intriguing and invaluable. What people are saying about Search Patterns ´´Search Patterns is a delight to read -- very thoughtful and thought provoking. It´s the most comprehensive survey of designing effective search experiences I´ve seen.´´ --Irene Au, Director of User Experience, Google ´´I love this book! Thanks to Peter and Jeffery, I now know that search (yes, boring old yucky who cares search) is one of the coolest ways around of looking at the world.´´ --Dan Roam, author, The Back of the Napkin (Portfolio Hardcover) ´´Search Patterns is a playful guide to the practical concerns of search interface design. It contains a bonanza of screenshots and illustrations that capture the best of today´s design practices and presents a fresh perspective on the broader role of search and discovery.´´ --Marti Hearst, Professor, UC Berkeley and author, Search User Interfaces (Cambridge University Press) ´´It´s not often I come across a book that asks profound questions about a fundamental human activity, and then proceeds to answer those questions with practical observations and suggestions. Search Patterns is an expedition into the heart of the web and human cognition, and for me it was a delightful journey that delivered scores of insights.´´ --Dave Gray, Founder and Chairman, XPLANE ´´Search is swiftly transforming everything we know, yet people don´t understand how mavens design search: by stacking breadcrumbs, scenting widgets, and keeping eyeballs on the engine. I urge you to put your eyeballs on this unique and important book.´´ --Bruce Sterling, Writer, Futurist, and Co-Founder, The Electronic Frontier Foundation ´´As one who searches a lot (and often ends up frustrated), Search Patterns is a revelation.´´ --Nigel Holmes, Designer, Theorist, and Principal, Explanation Graphics ´´Search Patterns is a fabulous must-have book! Inside, you´ll learn the whys and wheres of practically every modern search design trick and technique.´´ --Jared Spool, CEO and Founder, User Interface Engineering Search is among the most disruptive innovations of our time. It influences what we buy and where we go. It shapes how we learn and what we believe. In this provocative and inspiring book, you´ll explore design patterns that apply across the categories of web, ecommerce, enterprise, desktop, mobile, social, and real-time search and discovery. Filled with colorful illustrations and examples, Search Patterns brings modern information retrieval to life, covering such diverse topics as relevance, faceted navigation, multi-touch, personalization, visualization, multi-sensory search, and augmented reality. By drawing on their own experience-as well as best practices and evidence-based research-the authors not only offer a practical guide to help you build effective search applications, they also challenge you to imagine the future of discovery. You´ll find Search Patterns intriguing and invaluable, whether you´re a web practitioner, mobile designer, search entrepreneur, or just interested in the topic. Discover a pattern language for search that embraces user psychology and behavior, information architecture, interaction
This book covers recent advances in efficiency evaluations, most notably Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and Stochastic Frontier Analysis (SFA) methods. It introduces the underlying theories, shows how to make the relevant calculations and discusses applications. The aim is to make the reader aware of the pros and cons of the different methods and to show how to use these methods in both standard and non-standard cases.Several software packages have been developed to solve some of the most common DEA and SFA models. This book relies on R, a free, open source software environment for statistical computing and graphics. This enables the reader to solve not only standard problems, but also many other problem variants. Using R, one can focus on understanding the context and developing a good model. One is not restricted to predefined model variants and to a one-size-fits-all approach. To facilitate the use of R, the authors have developed an R package called Benchmark, which implements the main methods within both DEA and SFA.The book uses mathematical formulations of models and assumptions, but it de-emphasizes the formal proofs - in part by placing them in appendices -- or by referring to the original sources. Moreover, the book emphasizes the usage of the theories and the interpretations of the mathematical formulations. It includes a series of small examples, graphical illustrations, simple extensions and questions to think about. Also, it combines the formal models with less formal economic and organizational thinking. Last but not least it discusses some larger applications with significant practical impacts, including the design of benchmarking-based regulations of energy companies in different European countries, and the development of merger control programs for competition authorities.