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Using Visual Real Estate as an Input to a Visualization Recommendation System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240336D
Publication Date: 2015-Jan-23
Document File: 5 page(s) / 98K

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Abstract

Disclosed are a system and method to use visual real estate as input to a visualization recommendation system in order to improve the recommended visualizations. This system presents the best visualization for the available space.

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Using Visual Real Estate as an Input to a Visualization Recommendation System

Existing visualization recommendation systems perform based on the type of data item the user selects . For example, if a categorical item and a measureable item are selected, then the recommender often recommends a bar or column chart . Many of these recommendation systems also take into account whether the data item has a time component ; in which case, a line chart may be recommended. For a geographical component, a map may be recommended. These recommendation systems are useful

when quickly authoring a visualization or a group of visualizations in a dashboard.

Available real estate is not taken into account when recommending a visualization. For example, if the user is creating a visualization in a 500px by 500px area on a dashboard that includes the data items "Profit" and "Time" , then the system might recommend a line chart. However, if the visual real estate available is 100px by 100px, then a method is needed to recommend a more suitable visualization.

The novel contribution is a system and method to use visual real estate as input to a visualization recommendation system in order to improve the recommended visualizations. For example, to solve the above problem, the system might recommend a Profit trend

with a spark line showing the overall profit over a number of years. This provides the user with a visualization appropriate for the available visual real estate. The user can explicitly resize the visualization during authoring or upon consumption on a different viewport size; this system presents the best visualization for the available space.

In an example embodiment, the dashboard template shown in Figure 1 shows three placeholders of different sizes. If the user decides to fill the placeholder #2 with the data items "Profit" and "Time", then the visualization recommendation system recommends a line chart as shown in Figure 2. The recommende...