A Framework for Physically-Based Information Visualization

  • T. C. Sprenger
  • M. H. Gross
  • A. Eggenberger
  • M. Kaufmann
Part of the Eurographics book series (EUROGRAPH)


The following paper describes a framework for the visualization and analysis of economic data. It can be employed in the context of risk analysis, stock prediction and other tasks being important in the context of banking. The system bases on a quantification of the similarity of related objects, which governs the parameters of a mass-spring system, organized as two concentric spheres. More specifically, we initialize all information units onto the surface of the inner sphere and attach them with springs to the outer sphere. Since the spring stiffnesses correspond to the computed similarity measures, the system converges into an energy minimum, which reveals multidimensional relations and adjacencies in terms of spatial neighborhoods. In order to simplify complex setups we propose an additional clustering algorithm for postprocessing. Furthermore, depending on the application scenario we support different topologic arrangements of related objects. In addition, we implemented various interaction techniques allowing semantic analysis of the underlying data sets. The versatility of our approach is illustrated by two examples, namely a comparison of agricultural productivity and an analysis of the relation between interest rates and other economic data.


Related Object Information Space Spring Stiffness Outer Sphere Information Visualization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. C. Sprenger
    • 1
  • M. H. Gross
    • 1
  • A. Eggenberger
    • 1
  • M. Kaufmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentSwiss Federal Institute of TechnologyETH ZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Swiss Bank CorporationIT-Camp BaselSwitzerland

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