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Blending aggregation and selection

Adapting parallel coordinates for the visualization of large datasets
: Andrienko, G.; Andrienko, N.


The cartographic journal 42 (2005), No.1, pp.49-60
ISSN: 0008-7041
Journal Article
Fraunhofer AIS ( IAIS) ()

Many of the traditional data visualization techniques, which proved to be supportive for exploratory analysis of datasets of moderate sizes, fail to fulfil their function when applied to large datasets. There are two approaches to coping with large amounts of data: data selection, when only a portion of data is displayed, and data aggregation, i.e. grouping data items and considering the groups instead of the original data. None of these approaches alone suits the needs of exploratory data 1 analysis, which requires consideration of data on all levels: overall (considering a dataset as a whole), intermediate (viewing and comparing collective characteristics of arbitrary data subsets, or classes), and elementary (accessing individual data items). Therefore, it is necessary to combine these approaches, i.e. build a tool showing the whole set and arbitrarily defined subsets (object classes) in an aggregated way and superimposing this with a representation of 1 arbitrarily selected individual data items.