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TimeSets: Timeline visualization with set relations

Nguyen, P., Xu, K., Walker, R. & Wong, B.L.W. (2016). TimeSets: Timeline visualization with set relations. Information Visualization, 15(3), pp. 253-269. doi: 10.1177/1473871615605347


In this article, we introduce a novel timeline visualization technique, TimeSets, that helps make sense of complex temporal datasets by showing the set relationships among individual events. TimeSets visually groups events that share a topic, such as a place or a person, while preserving their temporal order. It dynamically adjusts the level of detail for each event to suit the amount of information and display estate. Various design options were explored to address issues such as one event belonging to multiple topics. A controlled experiment was conducted to evaluate its effectiveness by comparing it to the KelpFusion method. The results showed significant advantage in accuracy and user preference.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Sage 2016
Publisher Keywords: Timeline, time-series data visualization, set visualization
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
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