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11th International Conference Information Visualization (IV '07)
Real-time Interactive Visualization of Information Hierarchies
Zurich, Switzerland
July 04-July 06
ISBN: 0-7695-2900-3
Adrian Rusu, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, USA
Confesor Santiago, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, USA
Radu Jianu, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA
An information hierarchy is a collection of relational information that is arranged in a ranking organization where each entity is subject to a single other entity, except for the top (root) element. The usefulness of a visualization of an information hierarchy depends on its capability of conveying the information quickly and clearly. The interaction with the information hierarchy allows a user to further analyze its underlying structures and relationships, which is essential for the effectiveness of the visualization. In this paper we present a novel method to interactively visualize information hierarchies in real-time. We use theWorldWide Web as an application example of our techniques. The result is a novel Web browsing and visualization method with an innovative combination of features: (i) Web data is retrieved and displayed in real-time (i.e. Web data is not prerecorded), (ii) browsing and visualization are synchronized together in the same interface, (iii) tree-based visualization engine, and (iv) space-efficient display of visualization. Our study shows that users are able to orient themselves better in cyberspace and locate Web pages of interest faster.
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Adrian Rusu, Confesor Santiago, Radu Jianu, "Real-time Interactive Visualization of Information Hierarchies," iv, pp.117-123, 11th International Conference Information Visualization (IV '07), 2007
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