Scale and Complexity in Visual Analytics

George Robertson, David Ebert, Stephen Eick, Daniel Keim, Ken Joy
2009 Information Visualization  
The fundamental problem that we face is that a variety of large-scale problems in security, public safety, energy, ecology, health care, and basic science all require that we process and understand increasingly vast amounts and variety of data. There is a growing impedance mismatch between data size/complexity and the human ability to understand and interact with data. Visual analytic tools are intended to help reduce that impedance mismatch by using analytic tools to reduce the amount of data
more » ... hat must be viewed, and visualization tools to help understand the patterns and relationships in the reduced data. But visual analytic tools must address a variety of scalability issues if they are to succeed. In this paper, we characterize the scalability and complexity issues in visual analytics. We discuss some highlights on progress that has been made in the last five years, as well as key areas where more progress is needed.
doi:10.1057/ivs.2009.23 fatcat:22tm7we5tzebtjm7krpfv5sy6i