Consensus-Multi-Objective Decision Making Tools through Citizen Engagement

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  • FB Informatik und Informationswissenschaft
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    Fuchs, Johannes; Isenberg, Petra; Bezerianos, Anastasia; Keim, Daniel (2017): A Systematic Review of Experimental Studies on Data Glyphs IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics ; 23 (2017), 7. - S. 1863-1879. - ISSN 1077-2626. - eISSN 1941-0506

A Systematic Review of Experimental Studies on Data Glyphs

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We systematically reviewed 64 user-study papers on data glyphs to help researchers and practitioners gain an informed understanding of tradeoffs in the glyph design space. The glyphs we consider are individual representations of multi-dimensional data points, often meant to be shown in small-multiple settings. Over the past 60 years many different glyph designs were proposed and many of these designs have been subjected to perceptual or comparative evaluations. Yet, a systematic overview of the types of glyphs and design variations tested, the tasks under which they were analyzed, or even the study goals and results does not yet exist. In this paper we provide such an overview by systematically sampling and tabulating the literature on data glyph studies, listing their designs, questions, data, and tasks. In addition we present a concise overview of the types of glyphs and their design characteristics analyzed by researchers in the past, and a synthesis of the study results. Based on our meta analysis of all results we further contribute a set of design implications and a discussion on open research directions.

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  Fuchs, Johannes; Isenberg, Petra; Bezerianos, Anastasia; Fischer, Fabian; Bertini, Enrico (2014): The Influence of Contour on Similarity Perception of Star Glyphs IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics ; 20 (2014), 12. - S. 2251-2260. - ISSN 1077-2626. - eISSN 1941-0506

The Influence of Contour on Similarity Perception of Star Glyphs

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We conducted three experiments to investigate the effects of contours on the detection of data similarity with star glyph variations. A star glyph is a small, compact, data graphic that represents a multi-dimensional data point. Star glyphs are often used in small-multiple settings, to represent data points in tables, on maps, or as overlays on other types of data graphics. In these settings, an important task is the visual comparison of the data points encoded in the star glyph, for example to find other similar data points or outliers. We hypothesized that for data comparisons, the overall shape of a star glyph-enhanced through contour lines-would aid the viewer in making accurate similarity judgments. To test this hypothesis, we conducted three experiments. In our first experiment, we explored how the use of contours influenced how visualization experts and trained novices chose glyphs with similar data values. Our results showed that glyphs without contours make the detection of data similarity easier. Given these results, we conducted a second study to understand intuitive notions of similarity. Star glyphs without contours most intuitively supported the detection of data similarity. In a third experiment, we tested the effect of star glyph reference structures (i.e., tickmarks and gridlines) on the detection of similarity. Surprisingly, our results show that adding reference structures does improve the correctness of similarity judgments for star glyphs with contours, but not for the standard star glyph. As a result of these experiments, we conclude that the simple star glyph without contours performs best under several criteria, reinforcing its practice and popularity in the literature. Contours seem to enhance the detection of other types of similarity, e. g., shape similarity and are distracting when data similarity has to be judged. Based on these findings we provide design considerations regarding the use of contours and reference structures on star glyp- s.

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Funding sources
Name Project no. Description Period
Sonstige EU400Kommission der Europäischen Gemeinschaften04.10.2013 – 31.03.2016
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Period: 01.10.2013 – 31.03.2016