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Patent Application Titled "Determining Alternative Visualizations for Data Based on an Initial Data Visualization" Published Online

August 5, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventors Gibson, Stephen D. (Ontario, CA); Rope, Daniel J. (Reston, VA); Wills, Graham J. (Naperville, IL), filed on March 25, 2014, was made available online on July 24, 2014.

The assignee for this patent application is International Business Machines Corporation.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Embodiments of the present invention relate to data visualization, and more specifically, to determining alternative visualizations for data based on a specification of a selected initial data visualization.

"Choosing an appropriate way to visualize data involves a combination of knowledge of the data and knowledge of data visualization techniques. However, business users that specialize in a particular domain typically lack expertise in data visualization techniques. Studies have shown a high degree of correlation between a user's chosen visual representation of data and its position in a list of available visualizations. In other words, people tend to simply choose the visualization that is most readily available which may not lead to an optimal visualization for the data."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "According to one embodiment of the present invention, a computer-implemented method comprises generating an alternative visualization of a data set based on a specification of a selected first visualization of the data set and parameters comprising information pertaining to the data set. Embodiments of the present invention further include a system and computer program product for visualizing data in substantially the same manner described above.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

"Generally, like reference numerals in the various figures are utilized to designate like components.

"FIG. 1 is a diagrammatic illustration of an example computing environment for use with an embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 2 is a flow diagram illustrating a manner in which a base visualization of data is analyzed to generate alternative visualizations of the data according to an embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 3 is a flow diagram illustrating a manner of visual goal and statistical relationship discovery for the flow diagram of FIG. 2 according to an embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 4 is a flow diagram illustrating a manner of visualization recommendation for the flow diagram of FIG. 2 according to an embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 5 is a flow diagram illustrating a manner of rule execution for the flow diagram of FIG. 4 according to an embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 6 is an illustration of an example initial data visualization.

"FIGS. 7A-7B illustrate example alternative visualizations recommended for the initial data visualization of FIG. 6 according to an embodiment of the present invention."

For more information, see this patent application: Gibson, Stephen D.; Rope, Daniel J.; Wills, Graham J. Determining Alternative Visualizations for Data Based on an Initial Data Visualization. Filed March 25, 2014 and posted July 24, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=3773&p=76&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140717.PD.&OS=PD/20140717&RS=PD/20140717

Keywords for this news article include: Information Technology, Information and Data Modeling, International Business Machines Corporation.

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