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Slider filter with drill capability

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236460D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-29
Document File: 5 page(s) / 155K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a slider filter control for data tables that is associated with a data dimension as opposed to a filterable data item with a set of predefined values.

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Slider filter with drill capability

Business analytic dashboards often use hierarchical data models that allow users to drill down on a dimension of the data . For instance, users can drill down on date dimension by starting at year level and drill down to the quarter level for a specific year to see the details. Furthermore, slider filters are common on these dashboards for contextual filtering of the content . Slider filter controls do not have drill down capabilities and make the acts of drilling and filtering two disjointed actions. This makes the user experience awkward in the sense that users have to first filter the widget using the slider and then drill down on the data hierarchy of interest. In addition, often, the slider (contextual) filter can be out of synchronization from the dimension on which the users drill. For instance, the slider is at the year level while user has drilled down to the quarter level, which makes the slider control on the dashboard practically useless.

A method is needed to improve the users' data exploration experience.

The solution improves the user's data exploration experience by providing a touch friendly slider control to both filter and drill down on dimensions. The novel contribution is a slider filter control that is associated with a data dimension as opposed to a filterable data item with a set of predefined values. The slider shows indications to the users when a filter value has children. Furthermore, slider support...