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À table! Improving temporal navigation in soccer ranking tables

Perin, C., Vuillemot, R. and Fekete, J. (2014). À table! Improving temporal navigation in soccer ranking tables. In: CHI '14 - Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. (pp. 887-896). ACM. ISBN 9781450324731


This article introduces À Table!, an enhanced soccer ranking table providing temporal navigation by combining two novel interaction techniques. Ranking tables order soccer teams represented as rows, according to values of columns containing attributes e. g., accumulated points, or number of scored goals. Because they represent a snapshot of a championship at a time t, tables are regularly updated with new results. Such updates usually change the rows order, which makes the tracking of a specified team over time difficult. We observed that the tables available on the web do not support tracking such changes very well, are generally hard to read, and lack interactions. This contrasts with the extensive use of comments on temporal trends found in soccer analysts articles. To better support such analyzes, the two interactive techniques presented allow exploration of time, and are designed to preserve users' flow: DRAG-CELL is based on direct manipulation of values to browse ranks; VIZ-RANK uses a transient line chart of team ranks to visually explore a championship. An on-line evaluation with 143 participants shows that each technique efficiently supports a set of important temporal tasks not supported by current ranking tables. This paves the way for introducing efficient advanced visual exploration techniques to millions of soccer enthusiasts who use tables everyday.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: © ACM, 2014. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in CHI '14 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems,
Publisher Keywords: Ranking Tables; Soccer; Temporal Navigation; Visualization
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Computer Science
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2017 15:58
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