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Issue No. 04 - July/August (2006 vol. 12)
ISSN: 1077-2626
pp: 549-557
<p><b>Abstract</b>—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.</p>
Design study, time-varying data visualization, human-computer interaction, social data analysis.

J. Kriss and M. Wattenberg, "Designing for Social Data Analysis," in IEEE Transactions on Visualization & Computer Graphics, vol. 12, no. , pp. 549-557, 2006.
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