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A Method For Detecting and Displaying Small Value Automatically In Charts When Big Difference In Item Values Disclosure Number: IPCOM000198176D
Publication Date: 2010-Jul-29
Document File: 6 page(s) / 103K

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When displaying charts, no matter in web browser or in application, the big difference among the different items will cause all small values are displayed like zero value, even the real values of each one is not zero and not same for each other.

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A Method For Detecting and Displaying Small Value Automatically In Charts When Big Difference In Item Values

The core idea of this disclosure is to provide a plug-in to collect display relevant data: the scale unit of x-axial and y-axial if in a two-dimensional system, the pixels of each item, etc. Then basing on these data, the plug-in will do some analysis and deliver responding result: which items will be hidden in displaying chart. Moreover, once the plug-in figured it out, it will add a clickable mark to original chart to indicate which item were hidden in this chart. Click this mark, another new scale unit will be shown in a new chart which is over on the original one. The new scale unit was set by the plug-in to be suitable for displaying those small numbers.

This solution has three advantages over known solutions described above. Firstly, it sets up a mechanism to detect those small numbers the ones that our eyes cheated us not existed or zero when one very big number involved in chart. Secondly, it can analyze data and add a mark that can not be hidden by big number or be ignored by eyes. The last but not the least one is in the new chart,its scale unit is suitable for displaying those small numbers as well as can compare and contrast it to the original chart.

This plug-in does some pre-processes like a light-weight middleware does: instead of displaying original charts to people directly, it will intercept original charts from information source: such as Web Servers if in web browser case, such as Applications, and so on. And layout is like below shown Figure 1.


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Web Server2


Web Server1

Then within the plug-in, it mainly implements three functionalities step by step: 1) Extract essential information from original charts, including but not limit to the biggest item which decided the scale unit in original charts; the pixels of x-axial and y-axial (in two-dimensional system), and maybe including z-axial if in three-dimensional system. 2) Detect which item(s) were hidden by the biggest item in charts: basing on the extracted data in step 1) and formula or algorithm, the plug-in can figure out if a small item was hidden or not. 3) Add a mark into original charts which indicates specific small item(s) being existed and having non-zero values indeed. In addition, it also generates a set of new scale unit for x-axial and y-axial (in two-dimensional system) and maybe including z-axial (in three-dimensional system). This step by step process is shown in Figure 2.


Original Charts

Original Charts


Figure 1

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Biggest Item



Step1: Extract

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