Visualization of biological sequence similarity search results

Ed Huai-hsin Chi, Phillip Barry, Elizabeth Shoop, John V. Carlis, Ernest Retzel, John Riedl

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Biological sequence similarity analysis presents visualization challenges, primarily because of the massive amounts of discrete, multi-dimensional data. Genomic data generated by molecular biologists is analyzed by algorithms that search for similarity to known sequences in large genomic databases. The output from these algorithms can be several thousand pages of text, and is difficult to analyze because of its length and complexity. We developed and implemented a novel graphical representation for sequence similarity search results, which visually reveals features that are difficult to find in textual reports. The method opens new possibilities in the interpretation of this discrete, multi-dimensional data by enabling interactive investigation of the graphical representation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IEEE Visualization Conference
EditorsGregory M. Nielson, Deborah Silver
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Dec 1 1995
EventProceedings of the 1995 6th Annual IEEE Conference on Visualization - Atlanta, GA, USA
Duration: Oct 29 1995 → …


OtherProceedings of the 1995 6th Annual IEEE Conference on Visualization
CityAtlanta, GA, USA
Period10/29/95 → …


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