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Plot of plots and selection glass
Author(s): Hong Chen
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Paper Abstract

Modern dynamic data visualization environments often feature complex displays comprised of many interactive components, such as plots, axes, and others. These components typically contain attributes or properties that can be manipulated programmatically or interactively. Component property manipulation is usually a two-stage process. The user first selects or in some way identifies the component to be revised and then invokes some other technique or procedure to modify the property of interest. Until recently, components typically have been manipulated one at a time, even if the same property is being modified in each component. How to effectively select multiple components interactively in multiple-view displays remains an open issue. This paper proposes modeling the display components with conventional data sets and reusing simple dynamic graphics, such as a scatter plot or a bar chart, as the graphical user interface to select these elements. This simple approach, called plot of plots, provides a uniform, flexible, and powerful scheme to select multiple display components. In addition, another approach called selection glass is also presented. The selection glass is a tool glass with click-on and click-through selection tool widgets for the selection of components. The availability of the plot of plots and selection glass provides a starting point to investigate new techniques to simultaneously modify the same properties on multiple components.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 January 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6060, Visualization and Data Analysis 2006, 60600J (16 January 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.643012
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Hong Chen, SAS Institute Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6060:
Visualization and Data Analysis 2006
Robert F. Erbacher; Jonathan C. Roberts; Matti T. Gröhn; Katy Börner, Editor(s)

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