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2013 17th International Conference on Information Visualisation (2013)
London, United Kingdom United Kingdom
July 16, 2013 to July 18, 2013
ISSN: 1550-6037
pp: 36-44
Parallel coordinates are a well-known and valuable technique for the analysis and visualization of high dimensional data sets. However, while Inselberg emphasizes that the strength of parallel coordinates as a methodology is rooted in exploration and interactivity, the set of interaction techniques is currently limited. Axes can be re-ordered and brushing (simple, angular or multi-dimensional) can be performed. In this paper, we propose a force-directed algorithm and related interaction techniques to support the exploration of parallel coordinate plots through a physical metaphor. Our parallel-coordinates visualization offers novel user interaction beyond the standard techniques by allowing the user to rotate the axis according to forcedirected polylines. The new interaction provides the user with a more immersive experience for data exploration that results in greater intuition of the data, especially in cases where many polylines overlap. We demonstrate our approach, then present the results of a qualitative evaluation of the system.

R. Walker, P. A. Legg, S. Pop, Z. Geng, R. S. Laramee and J. C. Roberts, "Force-Directed Parallel Coordinates," 2013 17th International Conference on Information Visualisation(IV), London, United Kingdom United Kingdom, 2013, pp. 36-44.
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