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Querying and Creating Visualizations by Analogy

TitleQuerying and Creating Visualizations by Analogy
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsScheidegger C, Vo H, Koop D, Freire J, Silva CT
Journal TitleIEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
Pages1560 - 1567
Keywordsanalogy, query-by-example, visualization systems

While there have been advances in visualization systems, particularly in multi-view visualizations and visual exploration, the process of building visualizations remains a major bottleneck in data exploration. We show that provenance metadata collected during the creation of pipelines can be reused to suggest similar content in related visualizations and guide semi-automated changes. We introduce the idea of query-by-example in the context of an ensemble of visualizations, and the use of analogies as first-class operations in a system to guide scalable interactions. We describe an implementation of these techniques in VisTrails, a publicly-available, open-source system