How Important Is the “Mental Map”? – An Empirical Investigation of a Dynamic Graph Layout Algorithm

Purchase, H. C. , Hoggan, E. and Görg, C. (2006) How Important Is the “Mental Map”? – An Empirical Investigation of a Dynamic Graph Layout Algorithm. In: Graph Drawing Conference, Karlsruhe, Germany, 18-20 Sept 2006, pp. 184-195. ISBN 9783540709039 (doi:10.1007/978-3-540-70904-6_19)

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Abstract

While some research has been performed on the human understanding of static graph layout algorithms, dynamic graph layout algorithms have only recently been developed sufficiently to enable similar investigations. This paper presents the first empirical analysis of a dynamic graph layout algorithm, focusing on the assumption that maintaining the “mental map” between time-slices assists with the comprehension of the evolving graph. The results confirm this assumption with respect to some categories of tasks.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Purchase, Dr Helen
Authors: Purchase, H. C., Hoggan, E., and Görg, C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Publisher:LNCS, Springer Verlag
ISBN:9783540709039

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
409961The Glasgow computing science research festival 2005Muffy CalderEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/D030110/1Computing Science