Difference between advanced search and advanced filters

21 Mar 2011 - 11:43pm
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What is the difference between Advanced Search and Advanced Filters.
It seems to me that Both are Refining the Search Results.


22 Mar 2011 - 12:11am
Josh B Williams

Personally I use the term advanced search as a screen for using addition search fields before a query is made. Some advanced searches have bullion operators (and, not, or) to expand the data set presented.

Filters on the other hand I use after a query to the database it made and a result set exists. Then the filter limits what the current data set presented is but does not expand the results.

22 Mar 2011 - 3:01am
Graham Sear
I would expect filters to be displayed on page with the results and respond with live updating, highlight how many results exist under a filter before checking. More like a faceted search, where you are drilling down in your results to find more specific ones. Where with advanced search I would expect to have to set all the criteria before hand and, as pointed out above, would allow more control over just reducing results. G
22 Mar 2011 - 3:40am

I agree with Josh ...

  • Search ... ( to look at or examine ( a miracle black box ) carefully inorder to find something concealed )

Default situation is more or less the result list/ page is empty and the user has just the hope that there might be something interesting

  • Find ... ( pass through a process (settings)  to remove unwanted data  )

Default situation is more or less the user has a crowded overview / data listing and the user feels lost / can't get an overview by himself


22 Mar 2011 - 12:47pm
Theresa Neil

I found myself struggling with these two different concepts as well, and wrote a post a couple of years ago looking at both concepts in a broader context, Seek or Show: Two Design Paradigms for Lots of Data: http://theresaneil.wordpress.com/2008/01/29/seek-or-show-two-design-para...

24 Mar 2011 - 6:02am
Shivanand R Yerva

Totally agree with Josh.

24 Mar 2011 - 10:14pm

Thanks for your comments.... 

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