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High-throughput experiments, such as gene expression microarrays in the life sciences, result in very large data sets. In response, a wide variety of visualization tools have been created to facilitate data analysis. A primary purpose of these tools is to provide biologically relevant insight into the data. Typically, visualizations are evaluated in(More)
The most common approach to support analysis of graphs with associated time series data include: overlay of data on graph vertices for one timepoint at a time by manipulating a visual property (e.g. color) of the vertex, along with sliders or some such mechanism to animate the graph for other timepoints. Alternatively, data from all the timepoints can be(More)
Many algorithm visualizations have been created, but little is known about which features are most important to their success. We believe that pedagogically useful visualizations exhibit certain features that hold across a wide range of visualization styles and content. We began our efforts to identify these features with a review that attempted to identify(More)
High-throughput experiments such as gene expression microarrays in the life sciences result in large datasets. In response, a wide variety of visualization tools have been created to facilitate data analysis. Biologists often face a dilemma in choosing the best tool for their situation. The tool that works best for one biologist may not work well for(More)
Pathway diagrams are used by life scientists to represent complex interactions at the molecular level in living cells. The recent shift towards data-intensive bioinformatics and systems-level science has created a strong need for advanced pathway visualizations that support exploratory analysis. This paper presents a comprehensive list of requirements for(More)
Visualization tools are typically evaluated in controlled studies that observe the short-term usage of these tools by participants on preselected data sets and benchmark tasks. Though such studies provide useful suggestions, they miss the long-term usage of the tools. A longitudinal study of a bioinformatics data set analysis is reported here. The main(More)
This study compares two different empirical research methods for evaluating information visualizations: the traditional benchmark-task method and the insight method. The methods are compared using criteria such as the conclusions about the visualization designs provided by each method, the time participants spent during the study, the time and effort(More)
A study to compare two different empirical research methods for evaluating visualization tools is described: the traditional benchmark-task method and the insight method. The methods were compared using different criteria such as: the conclusions about the visualization tools provided by each method, the time participants spent during the study, the time(More)
Numerous studies have been conducted to evaluate the effect of animated visualizations on students learning data structures, but few have attempted to evaluate the retention of information gained from visualizations. Our work focuses on comparing different media used for teaching data structures, particularly as they affect the learning process over time.(More)