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Issue No. 03 - May/June (2010 vol. 16)
ISSN: 1077-2626
pp: 468-483
Yann Riche , Independant Researcher, Seattle
Jean-Daniel Fekete , INRIA Saclay, INRIA/LRI, Paris
Nathalie Henry-Riche , Microsoft Research, Redmond
Niklas Elmqvist , Purdue University, West Lafayette
Navigating in large geometric spaces—such as maps, social networks, or long documents—typically requires a sequence of pan and zoom actions. However, this strategy is often ineffective and cumbersome, especially when trying to study and compare several distant objects. We propose a new distortion technique that folds the intervening space to guarantee visibility of multiple focus regions. The folds themselves show contextual information and support unfolding and paging interactions. We conducted a study comparing the space-folding technique to existing approaches and found that participants performed significantly better with the new technique. We also describe how to implement this distortion technique and give an in-depth case study on how to apply it to the visualization of large-scale 1D time-series data.
Interaction, visualization, navigation, exploration, folding, split screen, space distortion, focus+context.
Yann Riche, Jean-Daniel Fekete, Nathalie Henry-Riche, Niklas Elmqvist, "Mélange: Space Folding for Visual Exploration", IEEE Transactions on Visualization & Computer Graphics, vol. 16, no. , pp. 468-483, May/June 2010, doi:10.1109/TVCG.2009.86
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