A Task Based Performance Evaluation of Visualization Approaches for Categorical Data Analysis.
2011 (English)In: Proceedings - 15th International Conferenceon Information Visualisation, Los Alamitos, CA, USA: IEEE Computer Society, 2011, 80-89 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Categorical data is common within many areas and efficient methods for analysis are needed. It is, however, often difficult to analyse categorical data since no general measure of similarity exists. One approach is to represent the categories with numerical values (quantification) prior to visualization using methods for numerical data. Another is to use visual representations specifically designed for categorical data. Although commonly used, very little guidance is available as to which method may be most useful for different analysis tasks. This paper presents an evaluation comparing the performance of employing quantification prior to visualization and visualization using a method designed for categorical data. It also provides a guidance as to which visualization approach is most useful in the context of two basic data analysis tasks: one related to similarity structures and one related to category frequency. The results strongly indicate that the quantification approach is most efficient for the similarity related task, whereas the visual representation designed for categorical data is most efficient for the task related to category frequency.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Los Alamitos, CA, USA: IEEE Computer Society, 2011. 80-89 p.
Categorical Data, Quantitative Evaluation, Usability Studies, Parallel Sets, Quantification
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-70855DOI: 10.1109/IV.2011.92ISBN: 978-1-4577-0868-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-70855DiVA: diva2:442133
15th International Conference on Information Visualisation (IV), 2011 , 13-15 July, London, UK