Multidimensional data exploration by explicitly controlled animation

Han Kruiger, Institute Johann Bernoulli, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Almoctar Hassoumi, ENAC, Univeristy of Toulouse
Hans-Jörg Schulz, University of Rostock, Germany
Alex Telea, Institute Johann Bernoulli, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Christophe HurterChristophe Hurter, ENAC, Univeristy of Toulouse


Kruiger J, Hassoumi A, Schulz HJ, Telea A, Hurter C. Multidimensional Data Exploration by Explicitly Controlled Animation. InInformatics 2017 Aug 20 (Vol. 4, No. 26).

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Understanding large multidimensional datasets is one of the most challenging problems in visual data exploration. One key challenge that increases the size of the exploration space is the number of views that one can generate from the same dataset, based on the use of multiple parameter values and exploration paths. Often no such single view contains all needed insights. The question thus arises of how we can efficiently combine insights from multiple views of a dataset. We propose a set of techniques that considerably reduce the exploration effort for such situations, based on the explicit depiction of the view space, using a small multiple metaphor. We leverage this view space by offering interactive techniques that enable users to explicitly create, visualize, and follow their exploration path. This way, partial insights obtained from each view can be efficiently and effectively combined. We demonstrate our approach by applications using real-world datasets from air traffic control, software maintenance, and machine learning.