Pattern Trails: Visual Analysis of Pattern Transitions
in Subspaces

Interactive prototype will be available soon ... stay tuned


Subspace analysis methods have gained interest for identifying patterns in subspaces of high-dimensional data. Existing techniques allow to visualize and compare patterns in subspaces. However, many subspace analysis methods produce an abundant amount of patterns, which often remain redundant and are difficult to relate. Creating effective layouts for comparison of subspace patterns remains challenging. We introduce Pattern Trails, a novel approach for visually ordering and comparing subspace patterns. Central to our approach is the notion of pattern transitions as an interpretable structure imposed to order and compare patterns between subspaces. The basic idea is to visualize projections of subspaces side-by-side, and indicate changes between adjacent patterns in the subspaces by a linked representation, hence introducing pattern transitions. Our contributions comprise a systematization for how pairs of subspace patterns can be compared, and how changes can be interpreted in terms of pattern transitions. We also contribute a technique for visual subspace analysis based on a data-driven similarity measure between subspace representations. This measure is useful to order the patterns, and interactively group subspaces to reduce redundancy. We demonstrate the usefulness of our approach by application to several use cases, indicating that data can be meaningfully ordered and interpreted in terms of pattern transitions.
Keywords: Multivariate Data, Pattern Transitions, Subspace Patterns, Projection Similarity


Pattern Trails: Visual Analysis of Pattern Transitions in Subspaces
Dominik Jäckle, Michael Hund, Michael Behrisch, Daniel Keim, Tobias Schreck
IEEE Conference on Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST), Phoenix, United States, October 1-6, to appear, 2017



Talk will be given at IEEE Vis 2017 in Phoenix, United States
PDF | Powerpoint (recommended)
Copyright © 2017 Dominik Jäckle