Glyphmaker: An Interactive, Programmerless Approach for Customizing, Exploring, and Analyzing Visual Data Representations
Tumblin, John Erwin (Jack)
Newton, Gregory P.
Vetter, Jeffrey Scott
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Glyphmaker is an interactive system for data visualization and analysis that is built in a dataflow environment. Glyphmaker provides a quite general platform for user-defined visualizations, one that can be extended in many ways and that, in particular, offers the first stage for an integrated visualization/analysis system. It is well-suited for the exploration and analysis of multivariate, highly correlated 3D data, which is increasingly the form of modern data. This is both because of the glyph-based visual representations and the interactivity that are built into the system. To summarize its capabilities, Glyphmaker allows the user to: (a) design glyphs by assembling them from different shapes; (b) choose binding sites on these shapes; (c) bind user data attributes to glyph elements; (d) conditionally isolate certain variable ranges; (e) interactively view, explore, remove, or rebind the resulting glyph sets as solid 3D objects. Each of these capabilities has a graphical user interface and is built into Glyphmaker in a modular form. The Glyphmaker approach of arranging data into data objects that are then bound to 3D graphical objects (glyphs) or manipulated by interactive tools is quite extensible in terms of visual representations and analysis methods.