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Issue No. 12 - Dec. (2011 vol. 17)
ISSN: 1077-2626
pp: 2291-2300
Alexander Lex , Graz University of Technology
Hans-Jörg Schulz , Graz University of Technology
Marc Streit , Graz University of Technology
Christian Partl , Graz University of Technology
Dieter Schmalstieg , Graz University of Technology
Large volumes of real-world data often exhibit inhomogeneities: vertically in the form of correlated or independent dimensions and horizontally in the form of clustered or scattered data items. In essence, these inhomogeneities form the patterns in the data that researchers are trying to find and understand. Sophisticated statistical methods are available to reveal these patterns, however, the visualization of their outcomes is mostly still performed in a one-view-fits-all manner. In contrast, our novel visualization approach, VisBricks, acknowledges the inhomogeneity of the data and the need for different visualizations that suit the individual characteristics of the different data subsets. The overall visualization of the entire data set is patched together from smaller visualizations, there is one VisBrick for each cluster in each group of interdependent dimensions. Whereas the total impression of all VisBricks together gives a comprehensive high-level overview of the different groups of data, each VisBrick independently shows the details of the group of data it represents. State-of-the-art brushing and visual linking between all VisBricks furthermore allows the comparison of the groupings and the distribution of data items among them. In this paper, we introduce the VisBricks visualization concept, discuss its design rationale and implementation, and demonstrate its usefulness by applying it to a use case from the field of biomedicine.
Inhomogeneous data, multiple coordinated views, multiform visualization.

M. Streit, A. Lex, H. Schulz, C. Partl and D. Schmalstieg, "VisBricks: Multiform Visualization of Large, Inhomogeneous Data," in IEEE Transactions on Visualization & Computer Graphics, vol. 17, no. , pp. 2291-2300, 2011.
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