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How Should We Use Colour in Euler Diagrams?

Blake, Andrew, Stapleton, Gem, Rodgers, Peter, Howse, John (2014) How Should We Use Colour in Euler Diagrams? In: 7th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction (Vinci'14), 5-8 August 2014, Sydney, Australia. (doi:10.1145/2636240.2636838)

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This paper addresses the problem of how best to use colour in Euler diagrams. The choice of using coloured curves, rather than black curves, possibly with coloured fill is often made in tools that automatically draw Euler diagrams for information visualization as well as when they are drawn manually. We address the problem by empirically evaluating various different colour treatments: coloured or black curves combined with either no fill or coloured fill. By collecting performance data, we conclude that Euler diagrams with coloured curves and no fill significantly outperform all other colour treatments. Most automated layout algorithms adopt colour fill and are, thus, reducing the effectiveness of the Euler diagrams produced. As Euler diagrams can be used in a multitude of areas, ranging from crime control to social network analysis, our results stand to increase the ability of users to accurately and quickly extract information from their visualizations.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
DOI/Identification number: 10.1145/2636240.2636838
Uncontrolled keywords: Visualization; Euler diagram; Colour; User Interfaces: Theory and methods
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Computing > Computational Intelligence Group
Depositing User: Peter Rodgers
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2014 11:29 UTC
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2020 05:51 UTC
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