Combining linking & focusing techniques for a multiple hierarchy visualisation
Kennedy, J. (2001). Combining linking & focusing techniques for a multiple hierarchy visualisation. In: Banissi, E.,
Ursyn, A. (Eds.) IV 2001 - 5th International Conference on Information Visualisation, , () ( ed.). (pp. 425-432). UK: . IEEE Computer Society Press.
Visualisations have previously combined linking and brushing operations successfully. However, none to our knowledge have combined linking and focussing techniques. We describe the motivation behind developing such a technique, and show how our visualisation takes advantage of inherent links in a set of multiple overlapping hierarchies to build a mechanism that can produce linked focus + context effects between these multiple hierarchies with a single user action. Previously, our visualisation had utilised linking only, using colour to highlight correlations between distinct but overlapping hierarchies.
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Information visualisation is the use of enhanced Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) to communicate and interact with complex data sets such as social networks, multiattribute tables, and financial data. Pages of text and numbers are not the most effective way to communicate or understand information.