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Reasoning about anomalies: a study of the analytical process of detecting and identifying anomalous behavior in maritime traffic data
Author(s): Maria Riveiro; Göran Falkman; Tom Ziemke; Thomas Kronhamn
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Paper Abstract

The goal of visual analytical tools is to support the analytical reasoning process, maximizing human perceptual, understanding and reasoning capabilities in complex and dynamic situations. Visual analytics software must be built upon an understanding of the reasoning process, since it must provide appropriate interactions that allow a true discourse with the information. In order to deepen our understanding of the human analytical process and guide developers in the creation of more efficient anomaly detection systems, this paper investigates how is the human analytical process of detecting and identifying anomalous behavior in maritime traffic data. The main focus of this work is to capture the entire analysis process that an analyst goes through, from the raw data to the detection and identification of anomalous behavior. Three different sources are used in this study: a literature survey of the science of analytical reasoning, requirements specified by experts from organizations with interest in port security and user field studies conducted in different marine surveillance control centers. Furthermore, this study elaborates on how to support the human analytical process using data mining, visualization and interaction methods. The contribution of this paper is twofold: (1) within visual analytics, contribute to the science of analytical reasoning with practical understanding of users tasks in order to develop a taxonomy of interactions that support the analytical reasoning process and (2) within anomaly detection, facilitate the design of future anomaly detector systems when fully automatic approaches are not viable and human participation is needed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 April 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7346, Visual Analytics for Homeland Defense and Security, 73460A (30 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.818117
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Maria Riveiro, Univ. of Skövde (Sweden)
Göran Falkman, Univ. of Skövde (Sweden)
Tom Ziemke, Univ. of Skövde (Sweden)
Thomas Kronhamn, Saab Microwave Systems AB (Sweden)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7346:
Visual Analytics for Homeland Defense and Security
William J. Tolone; William Ribarsky, Editor(s)

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