Evaluation of alternative glyph designs for time series data in a small multiple setting

Johannes Fuchs, Fabian Fischer, Florian Mansmann, Enrico Bertini, Petra Isenberg

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    Abstract

    We present the results of a controlled experiment to investigate the performance of different temporal glyph designs in a small multiple setting. Analyzing many time series at once is a common yet difficult task in many domains, for example in network monitoring. Several visualization techniques have, thus, been proposed in the literature. Among these, iconic displays or glyphs are an appropriate choice because of their expressiveness and effective use of screen space. Through a controlled experiment, we compare the performance of four glyphs that use different combinations of visual variables to encode two properties of temporal data: a) the position of a data point in time and b) the quantitative value of this data point. Our results show that depending on tasks and data density, the chosen glyphs performed differently. Line Glyphs are generally a good choice for peak and trend detection tasks but radial encodings are more effective for reading values at specific temporal locations. From our qualitative analysis we also contribute implications for designing temporal glyphs for small multiple settings.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationCHI 2013
    Subtitle of host publicationChanging Perspectives, Conference Proceedings - The 31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Pages3237-3246
    Number of pages10
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2013
    Event31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Changing Perspectives, CHI 2013 - Paris, France
    Duration: Apr 27 2013May 2 2013

    Publication series

    NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

    Other

    Other31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Changing Perspectives, CHI 2013
    CountryFrance
    CityParis
    Period4/27/135/2/13

    Keywords

    • Evaluation
    • Glyphs
    • Information visualization
    • Small multiples
    • Time series

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Software
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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