Proposal -- An Analysis project of InfoVis 2004 Contest

1.          Student names and email addresses:

2.          The domain, task, and dataset set by InfoVis 2004 Contest

Visualizations that support the discovery and identification of major research topics, relationships between members of the community, trends over time etc.

1- Create a static (non-interactive) overview of the 10 years of the InfoVis conference.

2- Characterize the research areas (areas/topics to be defined by you) and their evolution (your interpretation; time could be one choice).

3- Where does a particular author/researcher fit within the research areas?

4- What, if any, are the relationships between two or more or all researchers?

Additional related items to build into the visualizations include uncertainty, reliability, range, flexibility, broader applicability.  We will try as much as we can do within the time frame to test the additional requirements.  (see

3.          Personal expertise.

4.          Proposed solution:

We will use existing softwares—VxInsight


The data import program “VxImport” is not working for me. I will probably use Java to write a program to convert the XML into a tab-delimited file.

If we decide to implement our own algorithm, I will use Java.

(1)       Making the XML dataset into a Microsoft Access or Microsoft EXCEL data file containing tables according to the required tasks, such as:

           Tables containing selected field

           Tables containing fields sorted by frequency

           Tables containing co-occurrence frequency and cluster pairs

           Tables containing cluster results

           Tables containing citing and cited pairs

(2)   Preparing the VxInsight files

           Construction of .DB, .CONFIG, .STOP files.

           Construction of a REF file

           Construction of a VxInsight File (.SIM)

           Creating a coordinate file.

           Creating a statistics file.

           Creating a local cache file(.CACHE)

(3)       Preparing a matrix file for VxInsight (or SPSS/SAS MDS)

(4)       Tests and evaluations

(5)       Add programming, if necessary

(6)       Write an analysis report