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Method for Displaying and Interacting With Display of Multi-Metric Data Measured Against a Common Metric

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000125929D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Jun-22
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jun-22
Document File: 6 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Described is a method of displaying data consisting of several metrics measured against a common metric and associated user interface controls that allow the user to display data using three views: one metric through the range of values of the common metric, several metrics in relation to one value of the common metric, and all metrics and the full range of the common metric simultaneously.

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Method for Displaying and Interacting With Display of Multi -Metric Data Measured Against a Common Metric

Traditional graphical representations of data do not provide a user interface to easily control what available data to display and whether the values of only one metric are displayed through the range of values of the common metric or if all metrics are shown in relation to one value of the common metric. For instance, various economic data may be gathered at regular time intervals. If this data is to be graphically represented, traditional visualization mechanisms allow the user to either view one metric's values relative to time (see 1, below) or to view all data for a given time period (see 2, below), but there is no easy method for switching between these two views. Stacked bar graphs were developed to allow several metrics to be viewed at once, but they become less useful when large numbers of metrics are involved. Isometric views of three-dimensional data representations have also been used for the purpose of viewing more than one metric at once, but with these, data may be covered up by data in front of it, and providing scale information for these types of data views is problematic. Three-dimensional data rendering is also problematic because it requires more computing power than two-dimensional data rendering, as well as higher-resolution displays, making it unsuitable for less powerful, smaller computing devices, such as personal digital assistants (PDAs).

Described is a method of displaying data consisting of several metrics measured against a common metric and associated user interface controls that allow the user to display data using three views: one metric through the range of values of the common metric, several metrics in relation to one value of the common metric, and all metrics and the full range of the common metric simultaneously.

These view types are described in detail below, using time as an example of a common metric.

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One metric measured through periods of time:

In this view, one metric's values are shown in relation to several time periods, with the time periods comprising the x-axis. All metrics available to the user are displayed, with the currently-selected metric highlighted. When the user selects another metric, the new metric is highlighted and its data displayed. The user can also select a period of time on the x-axis, which will switch the display to t...