ViCo: A Metric for the Complexity of Information Visualizations

Title{ViCo: A Metric for the Complexity of Information Visualizations}
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsGärtner, J., S. Miksch, and S. Carl-McGrath
Conference NameSecond International Conference on Theory and Application of Diagrams (Diagrams 2002)

Information Visualization produces a visual representation of abstract data in order to facilitate a deeper level of understanding of the data under investigation. This paper introduces ViCo, a metric for assessing Information Visualization complexity. The proposed metric allows for the measurement of Information Visualization complexity with respect to tasks and users. The algorithm for developing such a metric for any chosen collection of visualizations is described in general and then applied to two examples for purposes of illustration.