Task taxonomy for graph visualization

TitleTask taxonomy for graph visualization
Publication TypeConference Papers
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsLee B, Plaisant C, Parr C S, Fekete J-D, Henry N
Conference NameProceedings of the 2006 AVI workshop on BEyond time and errors: novel evaluation methods for information visualization
Date Published2006///
Conference LocationNew York, NY, USA
ISBN Number1-59593-562-2
KeywordsEvaluation, graph visualization, task taxonomy

Our goal is to define a list of tasks for graph visualization that has enough detail and specificity to be useful to: 1) designers who want to improve their system and 2) to evaluators who want to compare graph visualization systems. In this paper, we suggest a list of tasks we believe are commonly encountered while analyzing graph data. We define graph specific objects and demonstrate how all complex tasks could be seen as a series of low-level tasks performed on those objects. We believe that our taxonomy, associated with benchmark datasets and specific tasks, would help evaluators generalize results collected through a series of controlled experiments.