The Visual Scalability of Integrated and Multiple View Visualizations for Large, High Resolution Displays
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The purpose of this research was to compare information visualization designs for integrating spatial and multidimensional data in terms of their visual scalability for large, high resolution displays. Toward that goal a hierarchical design space was articulated and a series of user experiments were performed. A baseline was established by comparing user performance with opposing visualizations on a desktop monitor. Then, visualizations were compared as more information was added using the additional pixels available with a large, high resolution display. Results showed that integrated views were more visually scalable than multiple view visualizations. The visualizations tested were even scalable beyond the limits of visual acuity. User performance on certain tasks improved due to the additional information that was visualized even on a display with enough pixels to require physical navigation to visually distinguish all elements. The reasons for the benefits of integrated views on large, high resolution displays include a reduction in navigation due to spatial grouping and visual aggregation resulting in the emergence of patterns. These findings can help with the design of information visualizations for large, high resolution displays.
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