Identifying Similar Eye Movement Patterns with t-SNE

Michael Burch
2018 International Symposium on Vision, Modeling, and Visualization  
In this paper we describe an approach based on the t-distributed stochastic neighbor embedding (t-SNE) focusing on projecting high-dimensional eye movement data to two dimensions. The lower-dimensional data is then represented as scatterplots reflecting the local structure of the high-dimensional eye movement data and hence, providing a strategy to identify similar eye movement patterns. The scatterplots can be used as means to interact with and to further annotate and analyze the data for
more » ... ional properties focusing on space, time, or participants. Since t-SNE oftentimes produces groups of data points mapped to and overplotted in small scatterplot regions, we additionally support the modification of data point groups by a force-directed placement as a post processing in addition to t-SNE that can be run after the initial t-SNE algorithm is stopped. This spatial modification can be applied to each identified data point group independently which is difficult to integrate into a standard t-SNE approach. We illustrate the usefulness of our technique by applying it to formerly conducted eye tracking studies investigating the readability of public transport maps and map annotations.
doi:10.2312/vmv.20181260 dblp:conf/vmv/Burch18 fatcat:xrt2ftonuraqflxlnx26ftl7gq