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Exploring the relative importance of crossing number and crossing angle


Huang, W and Huang, M, Exploring the relative importance of crossing number and crossing angle, Proceedings of VINCI 2010, 28-29 September 2010, Beijing, China, pp. 1-8. (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Recent research has indicated that human graph reading perfor-mance can be affected by the size of crossing angle. Crossing an-gle is closely related to another aesthetic criterion: number of edge crossings. Although crossing number has been previously identi-fied as the most important aesthetic, its relative impact on perfor-mance of human graph reading is unknown, compared to crossing angle. In this paper, we present an exploratory user study investi-gating the relative importance between crossing number and crossing angle. This study also aims to further examine the effects of crossing number and crossing angle not only on task performance measured as response time and accuracy, but also on cognitive load and visualization efficiency. The experimental results reinforce the previous findings of the effects of the two aesthetics on graph comprehension. The study demonstrates that on average these two closely related aesthetics together explain 33% of variance in the four usability measures: time, accuracy, mental effort and visualization efficiency, with about 38% of the explained variance being attributed to the crossing angle.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Graph drawing, graph visualization, aesthetic criteria, edge cross-ing, crossing angle, evaluation
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:90168
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2014-03-27
Last Modified:2015-02-05

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