Assessment is the process of comparing the actual to the expected behavior of a business phenomenon and judging the outcome of the comparison. The assess querying operator has been recently proposed to support assessment based on the results of a query on a data cube. This operator requires (i) the specification of an OLAP query to determine a target cube; (ii) the specification of a reference cube of comparison (benchmark), which represents the expected performance; (iii) the specification of how to perform the comparison, and (iv) a labeling function that classifies the result of this comparison. Despite the adoption of a SQL-like syntax that hides the complexity of the assessment process, writing a complete assess statement is not easy. In this paper we focus on making the user experience more comfortable by letting the system suggest suitable completions for partially-specified statements. To this end we propose two interaction modes: progressive refinement and auto-completion, both starting from an assess statement partially declared by the user. These two modes are evaluated both in terms of scalability and user experience, with the support of two experiments made with real users.

Suggesting assess queries for interactive analysis of multidimensional data

Matteo Francia;Matteo Golfarelli;Stefano Rizzi;
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Abstract

Assessment is the process of comparing the actual to the expected behavior of a business phenomenon and judging the outcome of the comparison. The assess querying operator has been recently proposed to support assessment based on the results of a query on a data cube. This operator requires (i) the specification of an OLAP query to determine a target cube; (ii) the specification of a reference cube of comparison (benchmark), which represents the expected performance; (iii) the specification of how to perform the comparison, and (iv) a labeling function that classifies the result of this comparison. Despite the adoption of a SQL-like syntax that hides the complexity of the assessment process, writing a complete assess statement is not easy. In this paper we focus on making the user experience more comfortable by letting the system suggest suitable completions for partially-specified statements. To this end we propose two interaction modes: progressive refinement and auto-completion, both starting from an assess statement partially declared by the user. These two modes are evaluated both in terms of scalability and user experience, with the support of two experiments made with real users.
IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON KNOWLEDGE AND DATA ENGINEERING
Matteo Francia, Matteo Golfarelli, Patrick Marcel, Stefano Rizzi, Panos Vassiliadis
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