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Visualization design billboards: Exploring the visualization design space


2009 2009

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Abstract (summary)

Designing an appropriate visualization of a dataset is a difficult task, often requiring even experts to spend vast amounts of time engaged in trial and error. Expert and less experienced users alike would benefit from a more intuitive way to explore the space of possible visualizations of a given dataset. In glyph-based visualizations, visualizations are determined by assigning dataset fields to visualization attributes, choosing a color map, and setting a scale factor. The space of possible visualizations includes all combinations of dataset field assignments, color map settings, and scale factor settings. Visualization Billboards strives to provide such a method, allowing the user to explore the visualization design space using a familiar paradigm, that of exploring an unfamiliar city. The user can move through the set of possible visualizations as though it were a three-dimensional space. At each point, a different visualization is displayed on a visualization billboard. Users can retrace their steps to see visualizations he has looked at in the past or move forward through new visualizations. The system uses the Visualization Toolkit (VTK) to generate visualizations. It provides a graphical user interface that allows the user to explore the space. The system significantly simplifies the task of choosing an appropriate visualization for a dataset, allowing a user who is unfamiliar with visualization systems to find a satisfactory image.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Computer science
Classification
0984: Computer science
Identifier / keyword
Applied sciences; Glyph-based visualization; Visualization; Vizualization design space
Title
Visualization design billboards: Exploring the visualization design space
Author
Rolnick, Shari Lynn
Number of pages
126
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0434
Source
MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109186741
Advisor
Rheingans, Penny
Committee member
Pinkston, John; desJardins, Marie
University/institution
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Department
Computer Science
University location
United States -- Maryland
Degree
M.S.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1465365
ProQuest document ID
305071243
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305071243
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