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HoLens: a visual analytics design for higher-order movement modelling and visualization

Feng, Z., Zhu, F., Wang, H., Hao, J., Yang, S.-H., Zheng, W. and Qu, H. (2023) HoLens: a visual analytics design for higher-order movement modelling and visualization. Computational Visual Media. ISSN 2096-0662 (In Press)

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Higher-order patterns reveal sequential multistep state transitions, which are usually superior to origin destination analyses that depict only first-order geospatial movement patterns. Conventional methods for higher-order movement modelling first construct a directed acyclic graph (DAG) of movements and then extract higher-order patterns from the DAG. However, DAG-based methods rely heavily on identifying movement key points, which are challenging for sparse movements and fail to consider the temporal variants critical for movements in urban environments. To overcome these limitations, we propose HoLens, a novel approach for modelling and visualizing higher-order movement patterns in the context of an urban environment. HoLens mainly makes twofold contributions: First, we designed an auto adaptive movement aggregation algorithm that self-organizes movements hierarchically by considering spatial proximity, contextual information, and temporal variability. Second, we developed an interactive visual analytics interface comprising well-established visualization techniques, including the H-Flow for visualizing the higher-order patterns on the map and the higher-order state sequence chart for representing the higher-order state transitions. Two real-world case studies demonstrate that the method can adaptively aggregate data and exhibit the process of exploring higher-order patterns using HoLens. We also demonstrate the feasibility, usability, and effectiveness of our approach through expert interviews with three domain experts.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Computer Science
ID Code:114014

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