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Visualizing multidimensional query results using animation
Author(s): Amit P. Sawant; Christopher G. Healey
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Paper Abstract

Effective representation of large, complex collections of information (datasets) presents a difficult challenge. Visualization is a solution that uses a visual interface to support efficient analysis and discovery within the data. Our primary goal in this paper is a technique that allows viewers to compare multiple query results representing user-selected subsets of a multidimensional dataset. We present an algorithm that visualizes multidimensional information along a space-filling spiral. Graphical glyphs that vary their position, color, and texture appearance are used to represent attribute values for the data elements in each query result. Guidelines from human perception allow us to construct glyphs that are specifically designed to support exploration, facilitate the discovery of trends and relationships both within and between data elements, and highlight exceptions. A clustering algorithm applied to a user-chosen ranking attribute bundles together similar data elements. This encapsulation is used to show relationships across different queries via animations that morph between query results. We apply our techniques to the MovieLens recommender system, to demonstrate their applicability in a real-world environment, and then conclude with a simple validation experiment to identify the strengths and limitations of our design, compared to a traditional side-by-side visualization.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 January 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6809, Visualization and Data Analysis 2008, 680904 (28 January 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.765891
Show Author Affiliations
Amit P. Sawant, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)
Christopher G. Healey, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6809:
Visualization and Data Analysis 2008
Katy Börner; Matti T. Gröhn; Jinah Park; Jonathan C. Roberts, Editor(s)

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