Evaluating the Effectiveness of Tree Visualization Systems for Knowledge Discovery [article]

Yue Wang, Soon Tee Teoh, Kwan-Liu Ma
2006 EUROVIS 2005: Eurographics / IEEE VGTC Symposium on Visualization  
User studies, evaluations, and comparisons of tree visualization systems have so far focused on questions that can readily be answered by simple, automated queries without needing visualization. Studies are lacking on the actual use of tree visualization in discovering intrinsic, hidden, non-trivial and potentially valuable knowledge. We have thus formulated a set of tree exploration tasks not previously considered and have performed user studies and analysis to determine how visualization
more » ... users to perform these tasks. In our study, we evaluated three systems: RINGS (a node-link representation), Treemap (a containment representation), and Windows Explorer. Our findings suggest a few ways that tree visualization helps users to perceive different aspects of hierarchical structured information. We then explain how these visual representations are able to trigger human perception to make these discoveries.
doi:10.2312/vissym/eurovis06/067-074 fatcat:lhp7d6xx75hcjfq3iwhh735a5y