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Issue No. 01 - Jan. (2016 vol. 22)
ISSN: 1077-2626
pp: 965-974
Yi Gu , Department Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Chaoli Wang , Department Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Tom Peterka , Division of Mathematics and Computer Science, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL
Robert Jacob , Division of Mathematics and Computer Science, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL
Seung Hyun Kim , Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
ABSTRACT
A notable recent trend in time-varying volumetric data analysis and visualization is to extract data relationships and represent them in a low-dimensional abstract graph view for visual understanding and making connections to the underlying data. Nevertheless, the ever-growing size and complexity of data demands novel techniques that go beyond standard brushing and linking to allow significant reduction of cognition overhead and interaction cost. In this paper, we present a mining approach that automatically extracts meaningful features from a graph-based representation for exploring time-varying volumetric data. This is achieved through the utilization of a series of graph analysis techniques including graph simplification, community detection, and visual recommendation. We investigate the most important transition relationships for time-varying data and evaluate our solution with several time-varying data sets of different sizes and characteristics. For gaining insights from the data, we show that our solution is more efficient and effective than simply asking users to extract relationships via standard interaction techniques, especially when the data set is large and the relationships are complex. We also collect expert feedback to confirm the usefulness of our approach.
INDEX TERMS
Data visualization, Visualization, Connectors, Fans, Data mining, Feature extraction, Layout
CITATION

Y. Gu, C. Wang, T. Peterka, R. Jacob and S. H. Kim, "Mining Graphs for Understanding Time-Varying Volumetric Data," in IEEE Transactions on Visualization & Computer Graphics, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 965-974, 2016.
doi:10.1109/TVCG.2015.2468031
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