Data Exploration across Temporal Contexts

Mark Derthick and Steven F. Roth
Proceedings of Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI '00), January, 2000.

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The ability to quickly explore and compare multiple scenarios is an important component of exploratory data analysis. Yet today's interfaces cannot represent alternative exploration paths as a branching history, forcing the user to recognize conceptual branch points in a linear history. Further, the interface can only show information from one state at a time, forcing the user to use her memory to compare scenarios.

Our system includes a tree-structured visualization for navigating across time and scenarios. The visualization also allows browsing the history and selectively undoing/redoing events within a scenario or across scenarios. It uses the AI formalism of contexts to maintain multiple, possibly mutually inconsistent, knowledge base states. Cross-context formulas can be written for explicit scenario comparison, including visualizations of scenario differences.

Undo, Exploratory Data Analysis, Context

Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Center for Integrated Manfacturing Decision Systems
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Visualization and Intelligent Interfaces Group

Text Reference
Mark Derthick and Steven F. Roth, "Data Exploration across Temporal Contexts," Proceedings of Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI '00), January, 2000.

BibTeX Reference
   author = "Mark Derthick and Steven F Roth",
   title = "Data Exploration across Temporal Contexts",
   booktitle = "Proceedings of Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI '00)",
   month = "January",
   year = "2000",