Evaluating interactive visualization of multidimensional data projection with feature transformation

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Xu, K., Zhang, L., Pérez, D., Nguyen, P. and Ogilvie-Smith, A. 2017. Evaluating interactive visualization of multidimensional data projection with feature transformation. Multimodal Technologies and Interaction. 1 (3). https://doi.org/10.3390/mti1030013
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TitleEvaluating interactive visualization of multidimensional data projection with feature transformation
AuthorsXu, K., Zhang, L., Pérez, D., Nguyen, P. and Ogilvie-Smith, A.
Abstract

There has been extensive research on dimensionality reduction techniques. While these make it possible to present visually the high-dimensional data in 2D or 3D, it remains a challenge for users to make sense of such projected data. Recently, interactive techniques, such as Feature Transformation, have been introduced to address this. This paper describes an user study that was designed to understand how the feature transformation techniques affect user’s understanding of multi-dimensional data visualisation. It was compared with the traditional dimension reduction techniques, both unsupervised (PCA) and supervised (MCML). Thirty-one participants were recruited to detect visually clusters and outliers using visualisations produced by these techniques. Six different datasets with a range of dimensionality and data size were used in the experiment. Five of these are benchmark datasets, which makes it possible to compare with other studies using the same datasets. Both task accuracy and completion time were recorded for comparison. The results showthat there is a strong case for the feature transformation technique. Participants performed best with the visualisations produced with high-level feature transformation, in terms of both accuracy and completion time. The improvements over other techniques are substantial, particularly in the case of the accuracy of the clustering task. However, visualising data with very high dimensionality (i.e., greater than 100 dimensions) remains a challenge.

LanguageEnglish
PublisherMDPI
JournalMultimodal Technologies and Interaction
ISSN2414-4088
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Print08 Jul 2017
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Deposited05 Jul 2017
Accepted04 Jul 2017
Output statusPublished
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/mti1030013
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