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IMLogVis: An interactive visualization method for analyzing instant messaging log


Zeng, A and Zhu, M and Su, Y and Li, M, IMLogVis: An interactive visualization method for analyzing instant messaging log, Journal of Computational Information Systems, 11, (9) pp. 3181-3194. ISSN 1553-9105 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.12733/jcis14163


Instant Messaging (IM) log comprises abundant time-varying information which highly reflects users' behavior patterns. Visualization of this kind of data is valuable for discovering, analyzing and understanding the patterns hidden in the dataset. In this paper, we propose IMLogVis, an interactive visualization method for analyzing IM log. An enhanced radial visualization is designed to illustrate the distribution of conversations at multiple levels and on multiple time scales. In the interior of the enhanced radial visualization, a scatterplot incorporating a new time-based node ordering method depicts the proximity relation between the user and different buddies. Besides, a trend curve is utilized to show the degree of communication frequency changes over time. Coupled with rich interactions such as keyword location and time navigation, users can explore IM log from different aspects. Case studies demonstrate that the effectiveness and usefulness of IMLogVis on discovering the useful and interesting patterns.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Instant Messaging Log; Interactive Visualization; Temporal Information; Radial Visualization
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:Li, M (Mr Mingzhao Li)
ID Code:108816
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2016-05-06
Last Modified:2016-10-26

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