Spreadsheet approach to information visualization

Ed Huai hsin Chi, Joseph A Konstan, Phillip Barry, John Riedl

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In information visualization, as the volume and complexity of the data increases, researchers require more powerful visualization tools that allow them to more effectively explore multi-dimensional datasets. In this paper, we show a novel new visualization framework built upon the spreadsheet metaphor, where each cell can contain an entire dataset. Just as a numerical spreadsheet enables exploration of numbers, a visualization spreadsheet enables exploration of visualizations of data. Our prototype spreadsheets enabled users to compare visualizations in cells using the tabular layout. Users can use the spreadsheet to display, manipulate, and explore multiple visual representation techniques for their data. By applying different operations to the cells, we showed how visualization spreadsheets afford the construction of `what-if' scenarios. The possible set of operations that users can apply consists of animation, filtering, and algebraic operators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 10th Annual Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST - Banff, Alberta, Can
Duration: Oct 14 1997Oct 17 1997


OtherProceedings of the 1997 10th Annual Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST
CityBanff, Alberta, Can


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