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Understanding a Cluster Map

Cluster Map panel

The Cluster Map shows search results in a graphical format. Since the Cluster Map is a new way of presenting search results, this chapter will help you to understand how it works.



Understanding a Cluster Map

The figure above shows labels, clusters and items. The larger spheres are clusters. They represent groups of items. Clusters contain smaller spheres that represent individual items, such as emails and files. Parts of the query, shown as labels, organize the map. Every cluster is connected to one or more labels.

The figure above shows the Cluster Map after the user has evaluated a query with two parts: a keyword search for the term “application,” and a search for Documents using the Type facet.

The Cluster Map holds two result sets, with the following labels:

• “see”: 501 items, red edges
• “look”: 124 items, blue edges

The colored edges rendered in the background connect items to labels, indicating that these items belong to that result set. An item contained in multiple result sets is displayed only once but connected to the labels of the sets that contain it. Example: the items in the middle cluster.

Note:  When a cluster contains more than 250 items, it is displayed as a single sphere labeled with the number of items. The individual items are hidden.  This prevents clusters with large number of items from disturbing the usability of the Cluster Map.

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