Towards a Task-based Guidance in Exploratory Visual Analytics

Belgin Mutlu, Milot Gashi, Vedran Sabol

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Exploring large datasets and identifying meaningful information is still an active topic in many application fields. Dealing with large datasets is currently not only a matter of simply collecting and structuring data for retrieval, but sometimes it also requires the provision of adequate means for guiding the user through the exploration process. Visualizations have shown to be an effective method in this context, the reason being that since they are grounded on visual cognition, people understand them and can naturally perform visual operations such as clustering, filtering and comparing quantities. However, systems which help us to create visualizations often require specific knowledge in data analysis, which ordinary users typically do not possess. To address this gap, we propose a system that guides the user in the data analysis process. To achieve this, the system observes current user behavior, tries to infer the task of the user and recommends the next analysis steps to help her to carry out the task.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 54th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2021
EditorsTung X. Bui
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages9
VolumeVolume 2020-January
ISBN (Electronic)978-099813314-0
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2021
Event54th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences: HICSS 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 4 Jan 20218 Jan 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
ISSN (Print)1530-1605


Conference54th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online


  • guided analytics
  • visualization recommender
  • visual analytics
  • visual tasks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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