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Designing for Social Data Analysis
July/August 2006 (vol. 12 no. 4)
pp. 549-557

Abstract—The NameVoyager, a Web-based visualization of historical trends in baby naming, has proven remarkably popular. We describe design decisions behind the application and lessons learned in creating an application that makes do-it-yourself data mining popular. The prime lesson, it is hypothesized, is that an information visualization tool may be fruitfully viewed not as a tool but as part of an online social environment. In other words, to design a successful exploratory data analysis tool, one good strategy is to create a system that enables "social” data analysis. We end by discussing the design of an extension of the NameVoyager to a more complex data set, in which the principles of social data analysis played a guiding role.

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Index Terms:
Design study, time-varying data visualization, human-computer interaction, social data analysis.
Martin Wattenberg, Jesse Kriss, "Designing for Social Data Analysis," IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 549-557, July-Aug. 2006, doi:10.1109/TVCG.2006.65
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