TitleThe State-of-the-Art of Set Visualization
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsAlsallakh, B., L. Micallef, W. Aigner, H. Hauser, S. Miksch, and P. Rodgers
JournalComputer Graphics Forum
Date Published02/2016
KeywordsF.4.1 [Theory of Computation]: Mathematical Logic-set theory, H.5.2 [Information Interfaces and Presentation]: User Interfaces-Graphical user interfaces, information visualization, Visualization
AbstractSets comprise a generic data model that has been used in a variety of data analysis problems. Such problems involve analysing and visualizing set relations between multiple sets defined over the same collection of elements. However, visualizing sets is a non-trivial problem due to the large number of possible relations between them. We provide a systematic overview of state-of-the-art techniques for visualizing different kinds of set relations. We classify these techniques into six main categories according to the visual representations they use and the tasks they support. We compare the categories to provide guidance for choosing an appropriate technique for a given problem. Finally, we identify challenges in this area that need further research and propose possible directions to address these challenges. Further resources on set visualization are available at http://www.setviz.net.