Changing the view: towards the theory of visualisation comprehension
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The core problem of the evaluation of information visualisation is that the end product of visualisation - the comprehension of the information from the data - is difficult to measure objectively. This paper outlines a description of visualisation comprehension based on two existing theories of perception: principles of perceptual organisation and the reverse hierarchy theory. The resulting account of the processes involved in visualisation comprehension enables evaluation that is not only objective, but also non-comparative, providing an absolute efficiency classification. Finally, as a sample application of this approach, an experiment studying the benefits of interactivity in 3D scatterplots is presented.
Shovman, M.M. et al. 2009. Changing the view: towards the theory of visualisation comprehension. 13th International Conference Information Visualisation, Barcelona, 15-17 July 2009. pp.135-138. Available at DOI: 10.1109/IV.2009.78