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Evaluating the effects of size in linesets

Tranquille, Dominique, Stapleton, Gem, Burton, Jim, Rodgers, Peter (2017) Evaluating the effects of size in linesets. In: Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction. ACM-ICPS International Conference Proceeding Series . pp. 121-128. ACM, New York, USA ISBN 978-1-4503-5292-5. (doi:10.1145/3105971.3105978) (KAR id:63459)


LineSets represent information about sets by drawing one line for each set on an existing visualization of data items. This paper addresses the following question: does manipulating the size of visual elements affect the comprehension of LineSets? We empirically evaluated two types of size treatments applied to LineSets drawn on networks: varying set-line thickness, to reflect relative set cardinality, and varying node diameter, to reflect data items' relative degree of connectivity. The evaluation required participants to perform tasks that were thought to be aided by the size variations alongside tasks where no benefit was anticipated. Viewing comprehension through accuracy and time performance, we found that varying set-line thickness and node diameter significantly improves the effectiveness of LineSets. As a consequence, this research leads to the recommendation that LineSets vary sizes of lines and nodes.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
DOI/Identification number: 10.1145/3105971.3105978
Uncontrolled keywords: Set visualization, LineSets, graphical properties
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming, > QA76.9.H85 Human computer interaction
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
Depositing User: Peter Rodgers
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2017 10:28 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2022 23:25 UTC
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Stapleton, Gem.

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Rodgers, Peter.

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