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Configurable data analysis and visualization system
Author(s): David P. Edwards; David Bridenstine; Laurie Littledike
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Paper Abstract

Data analysis software can be built using two differing philosophies: 1) Develop custom applications to meet each need as it arises, or 2) Develop a general toolbox to interactively build a wide variety of applications. In support of SPIRIT III performance assessment1, we have developed a package using the latter philosophy. A database and an analysis toolbox are paired to provide a high degree of flexibility in data retrieval, analysis and visualization. This system is integrated into SGI Explorer, which allows scientists to interactively construct analysis networks. These networks perform database queries, then apply user-selected analysis and visualization tools to the query results. The Reporter package allows interactive design of reports with multiple plots, tables and text annotations per page. The core analysis module is the Mapper, which allows the interactive transformation of 2 or 3-dimensional data into N-dimensions. Mapper allows a rich variety of conelations and relationships in the data to be examined. Finally, custom analysis networks may be saved and distributed within the user community. This package has proven an effective support for the rapidly-changing needs of SPiRIT III analysis. Due to its general nature, it also has promise for broader uses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 April 1994
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2178, Visual Data Exploration and Analysis, (4 April 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.172076
Show Author Affiliations
David P. Edwards, Utah State Univ. (United States)
David Bridenstine, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Laurie Littledike, Utah State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2178:
Visual Data Exploration and Analysis
Robert J. Moorhead; Deborah E. Silver; Samuel P. Uselton, Editor(s)

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