Storylines: Visual exploration and analysis in latent semantic spaces

Weizhong Zhu, Chaomei Chen

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Tasks in visual analytics differ from typical information retrieval tasks in fundamental ways. A critical part of a visual analytics is to ask the right questions when dealing with a diverse collection of information. In this article, we introduce the design and application of an integrated exploratory visualization system called Storylines. Storylines provides a framework to enable analysts visually and systematically explore and study a body of unstructured text without prior knowledge of its thematic structure. The system innovatively integrates latent semantic indexing, natural language processing, and social network analysis. The contributions of the work include providing an intuitive and directly accessible representation of a latent semantic space derived from the text corpus, an integrated process for identifying salient lines of stories, and coordinated visualizations across a spectrum of perspectives in terms of people, locations, and events involved in each story line. The system is tested with the 2006 VAST contest data, in particular, the portion of news articles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-349
Number of pages12
JournalComputers and Graphics (Pergamon)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jun

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The work is in part supported by the National Visualization and Analytics Center (NVAC) through the Northeast Visualization and Analytics Center (NEVAC) and the National Science Foundation under Grant No. SEIII-0612129. The authors would like to thank the VAST contest organizers for making the dataset available.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Engineering(all)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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