A Tool for Analyzing Categorical Data Visually with Granular Representation

  • Kousuke Shiraishi
  • Kazuo Misue
  • Jiro Tanaka
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5618)


Categorical data appears in various places, and dealing with it has been a major concern in analysis fields. However, representing not only global trends but also local trends of data simultaneously by conventional techniques is difficult. We propose a visualization method called “granular representation” for analyzing categorical data visually. Our approach visually represents data as a set of objects and allows intuitive analysis instead of the traditional way with tables of numbers. We developed a tool by integrating granular representation and bar charts. The effectiveness of the tool is demonstrated using real data about media consumption.


categorical data visualization multi-dimensional analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kousuke Shiraishi
    • 1
  • Kazuo Misue
    • 1
  • Jiro Tanaka
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan

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