Evaluation of Two Interaction Techniques for Visualization of Dynamic Graphs

TitleEvaluation of Two Interaction Techniques for Visualization of Dynamic Graphs
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsFederico, P., and S. Miksch
Conference NameProc. of the 24th Int. Symp. on Graph Drawing & Network Visualization (GD'16)
Conference LocationAthens, Greece

Several techniques for visualization of dynamic graphs are based on different spatial arrangements of a temporal sequence of node-link diagrams. Many studies in the literature have investigated the importance of maintaining the user's mental map across this temporal sequence, but usually each layout is considered as a static graph drawing and the effect of user interaction is disregarded. We conducted a task-based controlled experiment to assess the effectiveness of two basic interaction techniques: the adjustment of the layout stability and the highlighting of adjacent nodes and edges. We found that generally both interaction techniques increase accuracy, sometimes at the cost of longer completion times, and that the highlighting outclasses the stability adjustment for many tasks except the most complex ones.

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