A user study of techniques for visualizing structure and connectivity in hierarchical datasets

Tommy Dang, Paul Murray, Ronak Etemadpour, Angus G. Forbes

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Abstract

Many tree layouts have been created for presenting hierarchical data. However, layouts optimized for some tasks are not adequate for others. In this paper, we focus on identifying tree structures and cross-links generated by hierarchical edge bundling. Our key contribution is the introduction of descriptive features that can be used to characterize trees in terms of their structural and connective qualities. We present a user study with 14 subjects that provides an evaluation of our approach in comparison to other popular tree visualization techniques. The results of the study indicate which techniques are more effective for visual analysis tasks that involve identifying and comparing tree and subtree structures and/or visualizing connections using hierarchical edge bundling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-59
Number of pages15
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
Volume1947
StatePublished - 2017
Event3rd International Workshop on Visualization and Interaction for Ontologies and Linked Data, VOILA 2017 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: Oct 22 2017 → …

Keywords

  • Hierarchical edge bundling
  • Tree layouts
  • User evaluation

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