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Evaluating overall quality of graph visualizations based on aesthetics aggregation


Huang, W and Huang, ML and Lin, C-C, Evaluating overall quality of graph visualizations based on aesthetics aggregation, Information Sciences, 330 pp. 444-454. ISSN 0020-0255 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ins.2015.05.028


Aesthetics are often used to measure the layout quality of graph drawings and it is commonly accepted that drawings with good layout are effective in conveying the embedded data information to end users. However, existing aesthetic criteria are useful only in judging the extents to which a drawing conforms to specific drawing rules. They have limitations in evaluating overall quality. Currently graph visualizations are mainly evaluated based on personal judgments and user studies for their overall quality. Personal judgments are not reliable while user studies can be costly to run. Therefore, there is a need for a direct measure of overall quality. In an attempt to meet this need, we propose a measurement that measures overall quality based on individual aesthetics and gives a single numerical score. We present a user study that validates this measure by demonstrating its sensibility in detecting quality changes and its capacity in predicting the performance of human graph comprehension. The implications of our proposed measure for future research are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Library and information studies
Research Field:Human information interaction and retrieval
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the information and computing sciences
UTAS Author:Huang, W (Dr Tony Huang)
ID Code:104264
Year Published:2016 (online first 2015)
Web of Science® Times Cited:22
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2015-11-05
Last Modified:2018-04-20
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