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Visual analytics enables us to analyze huge information spaces in order to support complex decision making and data exploration. Humans play a central role in generating knowledge from the snippets of evidence emerging from visual data analysis. Although prior research provides frameworks that generalize this process, their scope is often narrowly focused(More)
When representing 2D data points with spacious objects such as labels, overlap can occur. We present a simple algorithm which modifies the (Mani-)Wordle idea with scan-line based techniques to allow a better placement. We give an introduction to common placement techniques from different fields and compare our method to these techniques w.r.t. euclidean(More)
Finding suitable, less space consuming views for a document's main content is crucial to provide convenient access to large document collections on display devices of different size. We present a novel compact visualization which represents the document's key semantic as a mixture of images and important key terms, similar to cards in a top trumps game. The(More)
Visual analytics (VA) system development started in academic research institutions where novel visualization techniques and open source toolkits were developed. Simultaneously, small software companies, sometimes spin-offs from academic research institutions , built solutions for specific application domains. In recent years we observed the following trend:(More)
We present a tool that is specifically designed to support a writer in revising a draft version of a document. In addition to showing which paragraphs and sentences are difficult to read and understand, we assist the reader in understanding why this is the case. This requires features that are expressive predictors of readability, and are also semantically(More)
While Internet has enabled us to access a vast amount of online news articles originating from thousands of different sources, the human capability to read all these articles has stayed rather constant. Usually, the publishing industry takes over the role of filtering this enormous amount of information and presenting it in an appropriate way to the group(More)
Color, as one of the most effective visual variables, is used in many techniques to encode and group data points according to different features. Relations between features and groups appear as visual patterns in the visualization. However, optical illusions may bias the perception at the first level of the analysis process. For instance, in pixel-based(More)
During the last decade national archives, libraries, museums and companies started to make their records, books and files electronically available. In order to allow efficient access of this information, the content of the documents must be stored in database and information retrieval systems. State-of-the-art indexing techniques mostly rely on the(More)
Document reader applications usually offer an overview of the layout for each page as thumbnail views. Reading the text in these becomes impossible when the font size becomes very small. We improve the readability of these thumbnails using a distortion method, which retains a readable font size of interesting text while shrinking less interesting text(More)