The Research Group is Moving!

During winter term 2021/22, we move to University of Bamberg. From Oct. 15, 2021, Fabian Beck holds a full professor position on Information Visualization.

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Publications of the research group since 2016. For earlier publications, please visit Fabian Beck's Google Scholar or DBLP profile.

Visual Analysis and Coding of Data-Rich User Behavior

Type of Publication: Article in Collected Edition

Visual Analysis and Coding of Data-Rich User Behavior

Blascheck, Tanja; Beck, Fabian; Baltes, Sebastian; Ertl, Thomas; Weiskopf, Daniel
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Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Visual Analytics Science & Technology 2016
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Visual Analysis and Coding of Data-Rich User Behavior (1.05 MB)
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Investigating user behavior involves abstracting low-level events to higher-level concepts. This requires an analyst to study individual user activities, assign codes which categorize behavior, and develop a consistent classification scheme. To better support this reasoning process of an analyst, we suggest a novel visual analytics approach which integrates rich user data including transcripts, videos, eye movement data, and interaction logs. Word-sized visualizations embedded into a tabular representation provide a space-efficient and detailed overview of user activities. An analyst assigns codes, grouped into code categories, as part of an interactive process. Filtering and searching helps to select specific activities and focus an analysis. A comparison visualization summarizes results of coding and reveals relationships between codes. Editing features support efficient assignment, refinement, and aggregation of codes. We demonstrate the practical applicability and usefulness of our approach in a case study and describe expert feedback.