Semantic Resizing of Charts Through Generalization: A Case Study with Line Charts


Inspired by cartographic generalization principles, we present a generalization technique for rendering line charts at different sizes, preserving the important semantics of the data at that display size. The algorithm automatically determines the generalization operators to be applied at that size based on spatial density, distance, and the semantic importance of the various visualization elements in the line chart. A qualitative evaluation of the prototype that implemented the algorithm indicates that the generalized line charts preserved the general data shape while minimizing visual clutter. We identify future opportunities where generalization can be extended and applied to other chart types and visual analysis authoring tools.



Vidya Setlur
Haeyong Chung
Publication Date: 
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Publication Information: 
IEEE Vis (Oct 23 - 28, 2021) Best paper honorable mention