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Shao Lin, Silva Nelson, Schreck Tobias, Eggeling Eva

Visual Exploration of Large Scatter Plot Matrices by Pattern Recommendation based on Eye Tracking

ESIDA 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Workshop on Exploratory Search and Interactive Data Analytics, co-located with IUI 2017 - International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, ACM, Limassol, Cyprus, 2017

The Scatter Plot Matrix (SPLOM) is a well-known technique for visual analysis of high-dimensional data. However, one problem of large SPLOMs is that typically not all views are potentially relevant to a given analysis task or user. The matrix itself may contain structured patterns across the dimensions, which could interfere with the investigation for unexplored views. We introduce a new concept and prototype implementation for an interactive recommender system supporting the exploration of large SPLOMs based on indirectly obtained user feedback from user eye tracking. Our system records the patterns that are currently under exploration based on gaze times, recommending areas of the SPLOM containing potentially new, unseen patterns for successive exploration. We use an image-based dissimilarity measure to recommend patterns that are visually dissimilar to previously seen ones, to guide the exploration in large SPLOMs. The dynamic exploration process is visualized by an analysis provenance heatmap, which captures the duration on explored and recommended SPLOM areas. We demonstrate our exploration process by a user experiment, showing the indirectly controlled recommender system achieves higher pattern recall as compared to fully interactive navigation using mouse operations.

Silva Nelson, Shao Lin, Schreck Tobias, Eggeling Eva, Fellner Dieter W.

Visual Exploration of Hierarchical Data Using Degree-of-Interest Controlled by Eye-Tracking

FMT 2016 : 9th Forum Media Technology 2016, Wolfgang Aigner , Grischa Schmiedl , Kerstin Blumenstein , Matthias Zeppelzauer , Michael Iber, St. Pölten, 2016

Effective visual exploration of large data sets is an important problem. A standard tech- nique for mapping large data sets is to use hierarchical data representations (trees, or dendrograms) that users may navigate. If the data sets get large, so do the hierar- chies, and effective methods for the naviga- tion are required. Traditionally, users navi- gate visual representations using desktop in- teraction modalities, including mouse interac- tion. Motivated by recent availability of low- cost eye-tracker systems, we investigate ap- plication possibilities to use eye-tracking for controlling the visual-interactive data explo- ration process. We implemented a proof-of- concept system for visual exploration of hier- archic data, exemplified by scatter plot dia- grams which are to be explored for grouping and similarity relationships. The exploration includes usage of degree-of-interest based dis- tortion controlled by user attention read from eye-movement behavior. We present the basic elements of our system, and give an illustra- tive use case discussion, outlining the applica- tion possibilities. We also identify interesting future developments based on the given data views and captured eye-tracking information. (13) Visual Exploration of Hierarchical Data Using Degree-of-Interest Controlled by Eye-Tracking. Available from: [accessed Oct 3, 2017].

Silva Nelson, Shao Lin, Schreck Tobias, Eggeling Eva, Fellner Dieter W. - Open Source Framework for the Exploration and Visualization of Eye Tracking Data

IEEEVis - Proc. IEEE Conference on Information Visualization, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 2016

We present a new open-source prototype framework to exploreand visualize eye-tracking experiments data. Firstly, standard eyetrackersare used to record raw eye gaze data-points on user experiments.Secondly, the analyst can configure gaze analysis parameters,such as, the definition of areas of interest, multiple thresholdsor the labeling of special areas, and we upload the data to a searchserver. Thirdly, a faceted web interface for exploring and visualizingthe users’ eye gaze on a large number of areas of interest isavailable. Our framework integrates several common visualizationsand it also includes new combined representations like an eye analysisoverview and a clustered matrix that shows the attention timestrength between multiple areas of interest. The framework can bereadily used for the exploration of eye tracking experiments data.We make available the source code of our prototype framework foreye-tracking data analysis.
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