Browsing by Subject "Data visualization"

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  • Kang, Bo; Puolamäki, Kai; Lijffijt, Jefrey; Bie, Tijl de (2020)
    Data visualization and iterative/interactive data mining are growing rapidly in attention, both in research as well as in industry. However, while there are a plethora of advanced data mining methods and lots of works in the field of visualization, integrated methods that combine advanced visualization and/or interaction with data mining techniques in a principled way are rare. We present a framework based on constrained randomization which lets users explore high-dimensional data via 'subjectively informative' two-dimensional data visualizations. The user is presented with 'interesting' projections, allowing users to express their observations using visual interactions that update a background model representing the user's belief state. This background model is then considered by a projection-finding algorithm employing data randomization to compute a new 'interesting' projection. By providing users with information that contrasts with the background model, we maximize the chance that the user encounters striking new information present in the data. This process can be iterated until the user runs out of time or until the difference between the randomized and the real data is insignificant. We present two case studies, one controlled study on synthetic data and another on census data, using the proof-of-concept tool SIDE that demonstrates the presented framework.
  • He, Chen; Micallef, Luana; He, Liye; Peddinti, Gopal; Aittokallio, Tero; Jacucci, Giulio (2021)
    Understanding the quality of insight has become increasingly important with the trend of allowing users to post comments during visual exploration, yet approaches for qualifying insight are rare. This article presents a case study to investigate the possibility of characterizing the quality of insight via the interactions performed. To do this, we devised the interaction of a visualization tool—MediSyn—for insight generation. MediSyn supports five types of interactions: selecting, connecting, elaborating, exploring, and sharing. We evaluated MediSyn with 14 participants by allowing them to freely explore the data and generate insights. We then extracted seven interaction patterns from their interaction logs and correlated the patterns to four aspects of insight quality. The results show the possibility of qualifying insights via interactions. Among other findings, exploration actions can lead to unexpected insights; the drill-down pattern tends to increase the domain values of insights. A qualitative analysis shows that using domain knowledge to guide exploration can positively affect the domain value of derived insights. We discuss the study’s implications, lessons learned, and future research opportunities.
  • Lu, Yao; Corander, Jukka; Yang, Zhirong (2019)
    Stochastic Neighbor Embedding (SNE) methods minimize the divergence between the similarity matrix of a high-dimensional data set and its counterpart from a low-dimensional embedding, leading to widely applied tools for data visualization. Despite their popularity, the current SNE methods experience a crowding problem when the data include highly imbalanced similarities. This implies that the data points with higher total similarity tend to get crowded around the display center. To solve this problem, we introduce a fast normalization method and normalize the similarity matrix to be doubly stochastic such that all the data points have equal total similarities. Furthermore, we show empirically and theoretically that the doubly stochasticity constraint often leads to embeddings which are approximately spherical. This suggests replacing a flat space with spheres as the embedding space. The spherical embedding eliminates the discrepancy between the center and the periphery in visualization, which efficiently resolves the crowding problem. We compared the proposed method (DOSNES) with the state-of-the-art SNE method on three real-world datasets and the results clearly indicate that our method is more favorable in terms of visualization quality. DOSNES is freely available at (C) 2019 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V.