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Abstracting Attribute Space for Transfer Function Exploration and Design
Jan. 2013 (vol. 19 no. 1)
pp. 94-107
R. Maciejewski, Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ, USA
Yun Jang, Sejong Univ., Seoul, South Korea
Insoo Woo, Sch. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN, USA
H. Jänicke, Univ. of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
K. P. Gaither, Texas Adv. Comput. Center, Univ. of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA
D. S. Ebert, Sch. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN, USA
Currently, user centered transfer function design begins with the user interacting with a one or two-dimensional histogram of the volumetric attribute space. The attribute space is visualized as a function of the number of voxels, allowing the user to explore the data in terms of the attribute size/magnitude. However, such visualizations provide the user with no information on the relationship between various attribute spaces (e.g., density, temperature, pressure, x, y, z) within the multivariate data. In this work, we propose a modification to the attribute space visualization in which the user is no longer presented with the magnitude of the attribute; instead, the user is presented with an information metric detailing the relationship between attributes of the multivariate volumetric data. In this way, the user can guide their exploration based on the relationship between the attribute magnitude and user selected attribute information as opposed to being constrained by only visualizing the magnitude of the attribute. We refer to this modification to the traditional histogram widget as an abstract attribute space representation. Our system utilizes common one and two-dimensional histogram widgets where the bins of the abstract attribute space now correspond to an attribute relationship in terms of the mean, standard deviation, entropy, or skewness. In this manner, we exploit the relationships and correlations present in the underlying data with respect to the dimension(s) under examination. These relationships are often times key to insight and allow us to guide attribute discovery as opposed to automatic extraction schemes which try to calculate and extract distinct attributes a priori. In this way, our system aids in the knowledge discovery of the interaction of properties within volumetric data.
Index Terms:
user centred design,data mining,data visualisation,transfer functions,knowledge discovery,volumetric attribute space abstraction,transfer function exploration,user centered transfer function design,one-dimensional histogram,two-dimensional histogram,attribute space visualization,information metric,multivariate volumetric data,attribute magnitude,attribute information,histogram widget,abstract attribute space representation,mean,standard deviation,entropy,skewness,attribute discovery,automatic extraction schemes,Histograms,Transfer functions,Rendering (computer graphics),Measurement,Data visualization,Entropy,Image color analysis,volume rendering,user centred design,data mining,data visualisation,transfer functions,knowledge discovery,volumetric attribute space abstraction,transfer function exploration,user centered transfer function design,one-dimensional histogram,two-dimensional histogram,attribute space visualization,information metric,multivariate volumetric data,attribute magnitude,attribute information,histogram widget,abstract attribute space representation,mean,standard deviation,entropy,skewness,attribute discovery,automatic extraction schemes,Histograms,Transfer functions,Rendering (computer graphics),Measurement,Data visualization,Entropy,Image color analysis,information theory,Transfer function design
Citation:
R. Maciejewski, Yun Jang, Insoo Woo, H. Jänicke, K. P. Gaither, D. S. Ebert, "Abstracting Attribute Space for Transfer Function Exploration and Design," IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 94-107, Jan. 2013, doi:10.1109/TVCG.2012.105
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