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Information visualization and retrieval using stereoscopic display of document and term relations
Author(s): Richard H. Fowler; Wendy A. Lawrence Fowler
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Paper Abstract

Scientific visualization brings human perceptual processes to bear in organizing and understanding data about physical phenomena. Information visualization has a similar goal for elements in often semantic domains. Document Explorer is an information visualization and retrieval system that displays 3D associative network representations of document and term relations. The system's networks of documents can be constructed from existing measures of association, e.g., link structure in hypertexts, or derived by the system using content similarity among documents. The system also maintains a network of terms which is available to the user for query formulation. Recently, we have added stereoscopic display of the system's several networks to enhance users' perception of structure. Additionally, users' head movements are tracked and used to change point and angle of view to further enhance structure perception and allow additional user interface mechanisms for navigation in three dimensions. By viewing and interacting with these networks using head-tracked stereoscopic display the user is better able to perceive relationships in the networks and, thus, better able to distinguish clusters of documents and categories of terms during the information retrieval process.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 April 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3295, Stereoscopic Displays and Virtual Reality Systems V, (30 April 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.307158
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Richard H. Fowler, Univ. of Texas/Pan American (United States)
Wendy A. Lawrence Fowler, Univ. of Texas/Pan American (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3295:
Stereoscopic Displays and Virtual Reality Systems V
Mark T. Bolas; Scott S. Fisher; Mark T. Bolas; Scott S. Fisher; John O. Merritt, Editor(s)

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