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A Method and System for Simplifying Visualization and Interaction for Sunburst Chart in Touch Screen

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248329D
Publication Date: 2016-Nov-15
Document File: 6 page(s) / 111K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for simplifying visualization and interaction for sunburst chart in touch screen. The method and system allows a user to focus on selected information without being distracted from visual noise and drastic transition animations.

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A Method and System for Simplifying Visualization and Interaction for Sunburst Chart in Touch Screen

Disclosed is a method and system for simplifying visualization and interaction for sunburst chart in touch screen. The method and system allows a user to focus on selected information without being distracted from visual noise and drastic transition animations.

The method and system simplifies visualization of sunburst chart in the touch screen by enabling the user to focus on selected information by decluttering the sunburst chart. The method and system exposes a top hierarchical categories of the sunburst chart and drills down the user from a starting point to visually de-emphasize sections that are not on focus. Based on the de-emphasized sections, the user is allowed to focus on required sections/data without distractions. Subsequently, the method and system introduces intuitive interaction to keep the user in context and help the user to understand the entire view in relationship to the selected information. As the user moves away from core layer, the sunburst chart shrinks in accordance with the relationship between the selected data and the whole view of the sunburst. Then, the method and system easily drills down to outer layers of the sunburst chart and navigates back to the core layer without losing the user's context. Further, the method and system provides an effective and responsive interaction within smaller resolution screens by allowing the user to zoom in or enlarge a section of the data for using a fingertip interaction.

Figure 1 illustrates an exemplary embodiment of a product hierarchy in sunburst chart.

Figure 1

As shown in Figure 1, the method and system displays top hierarchical categories of the products in sunburst chart, which may include, but need not be limited to, home,

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junior/children, shoes/jewelry, women's/intimates, men's/YG Men B8-20. The method and system allows the user to select a top category from the list of hierarchical categories, which can be, but need not be limited to men's/YG Men B8-20 section. Once the top category is selected by the user, the focus area displays drill down section of the top category in complete circle as illustrated in Figure 2.

Figure 2

As shown in Figure 2, the method and system provides an appropriate animation to keep the user connected with the context and provides the user with a seamless interactive experience. The selected section animates into an entire circle along with sub categories of the particular section. For instance, the men's/YG Men B8-20 section is composed with 7.6% of men's activity wear, 7.6% of men's furn clothing and 12.8% of men's formal. The method and system is also drill down to show a clear visual distinction for the se...