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How analysts cognitively “connect the dots”

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6 Author(s)
Bradel, L. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA ; Self, J.Z. ; Endert, A. ; Hossain, M.S.
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As analysts attempt to make sense of a collection of documents, such as intelligence analysis reports, they need to “connect the dots” between pieces of information that may initially seem unrelated. We conducted a user study to analyze the cognitive process by which users connect pairs of documents and how they spatialize connections. Users created conceptual stories that connected the dots using a range of organizational strategies and spatial representations. Insights from our study can drive the design of data mining algorithms and visual analytic tools to support analysts' complex cognitive processes.

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Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI), 2013 IEEE International Conference on

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4-7 June 2013