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Glyphmaker: creating customized visualizations of complex data

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Ribarsky, W. ; Office of Inf. Technol. Sci. Visualization Lab., Georgia Inst. of Technol., Atlanta, GA, USA ; Ayers, E. ; Eble, J. ; Mukherjea, S.

Glyphmaker allows nonexpert users to customize their own graphical representations using a simple glyph editor and a point-and-click binding mechanism. In particular, users can create and then alter bindings to visual representations, bring in new data or glyphs with associated bindings, change ranges for bound data, and do these operations interactively. They can also focus on data down to any level of detail, including individual elements, and then isolate or highlight the focused region. These features empower users, letting them employ their specialized domain knowledge to create customized visual representations for further exploration and analysis. For ease of design and use, we built Glyphmaker on top of Iris Explorer, the Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) dataflow visualization system. The current version of Glyphmaker has been successfully tested on a materials system simulation. We are planning a series of tests and evaluations by scientists and engineers using real data.<>

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Computer  (Volume:27 ,  Issue: 7 )