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How people read graphs


Huang, W and Eades, P, How people read graphs, Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology, 27-29 January 2005, Sydney, Australia, pp. 51-58. ISBN 1-920682-27-9 (2005) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Copyright 2005, Australian Computer Society, Inc. This paper appeared at Asia Pacific Symposium on Information Visualisation (APVIS 2005), Sydney, Australia. Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology, Vol. 45. Seok-Hee Hong, Ed. Reproduction for academic, not-for profit purposes permitted provided this text is included.

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The graph layout problem has long been a major concern for effectiveness of conveying information. To propose user-centred aesthetic criteria for a "good" layout, it is important to have knowledge on how people read graphs; how a particular graph layout characteristic can affect people’s reading performance. On the other hand, despite the increasingly wide use of graphs in everyday life, yet we know surprisingly little about how people actually read graphs. The present eye tracking study in this paper is an attempt to perform an initial investigation into this issue and provide data that can help build the basic understanding of how people read graphs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:graph reading, graph drawing, edge crossing, eye movement, eye tracking.
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:90191
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2014-03-27
Last Modified:2014-08-06

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