June 4, 2007

VISP Visualization 0.2

Filed under: Portfolio,Projects,VISP — admin @ 4:16 pm

Website Fact Visualization

This is the first draft of a visualization for the VISP project being conducted by Lada Adamic, Suresh Bhavnani, and Dale Hunscher. Each larger circle represents a webpage, the circles inside represent facts, and arrows represent hyperlinks. The intensity of the outer circle indicates the amount of traffic it receives from a search engine (i.e. darker is more traffic). The size of the inner circle represents the amount of space a page dedicates to a given fact.

There are two noteworthy things. First, while it only calls one data set currently, it is designed to be read in any properly formatted XML data set. That means that it could be extended to include any webpage and search queries. Second, you may notice that the circles seem to jiggle around. It’s not purely for aesthetic reasons, honest. Because any data set could have n number of facts at any given size, it is difficult to write an algorithm for all scenarios. It is much easier (as in this case) to simply treat facts as autonomous agents with a strategy, get as close to the center as possible. What we see are the fact circles trying to find more compressed configurations.

The visualization can be seen here. Be sure to copy and paste this path “data/melanoma_com.xml” to the data set in the text field and simply press the “get dataset” button.

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