Interactive visualisation of hierarchical quantitative data: an evaluation

Linda Woodburn, Yalong Yang, Kim Marriott

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We have compared three common visualisations for hierarchical quantitative data, treemaps, icicle plots and sunburst charts as well as a semicircular variant of sunburst charts we call the sundown chart. In a pilot study, we found that the sunburst chart was least preferred. In a controlled study with 12 participants, we compared treemaps, icicle plots and sundown charts. Treemap was the least preferred and had a slower performance on a basic navigation task and slower performance and accuracy in hierarchy understanding tasks. The icicle plot and sundown chart had similar performance with slight user preference for the icicle plot.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE Visualization Conference (VIS)
EditorsGautam Chaudhary
Place of PublicationPiscataway NJ USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781728149417
ISBN (Print)9781728149424
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventIEEE Visualization Conference 2019 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 20 Oct 201925 Oct 2019


ConferenceIEEE Visualization Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleIEEE VIS 2019
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  • Human-centered computing - Visualization - Treemaps
  • Visualization design and evaluation methods

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