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Applying animation to the visual analysis of financial time-dependent data

: Tekusová, Tatiana; Kohlhammer, Jörn


Banissi, E. ; IEEE Computer Society:
11th International Conference on Information Visualization 2007. Proceedings : IV 2007, Zurich, Switzerland; 2-6 July 2007
Los Alamitos, Calif.: IEEE Computer Society Press, 2007
ISBN: 0-7695-2900-3
International Conference on Information Visualization (IV) <11, 2007, Zürich>
Fraunhofer IGD ()
information visualization; visual analysis; animation; financial data

For decades, financial analysts have strived to use modern data visualization tools to improve the timeliness and quality of their analysis. As the amount of data to be processed increases rapidly and requirements on quality of financial analysis rise, the demand for analysis support systems grows.
We present a system for the visual analysis of large amounts of time-dependent data using animation. For each data entity, indicators are presented in a scatter-plot framework, displaying the correlation between them. The design of the glyphs illustrates additional data dimensions. The system uses animation to handle the time-dimension of the data. It offers various features, such as focus, zoom, details on demand and time period selection to support the analysis. Financial indicators are used to demonstrate the usability of the system. The animation proves to be a powerful tool for analysing time-dependent processes in cross-sectional data sets and discovering patterns in the data.