Analysis of Basic Relations Within Insights of Spatio-Temporal Analysis

  • Andreas Hall
  • Paula Ahonen-Rainio
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


Studying human reasoning in interaction with visual analytics tools is an important part of visual analytics research. This case study contributes to the field by investigating the role that the basic spatial and temporal relations play in the analytical reasoning process. After a thorough literature review a case study was performed that applies reverse engineering and introspection as its research methods. In the case study the link between the basic spatio-temporal relations and human qualitative reasoning was explored by means of the dissection of four insights reached by an analyst watching a simple animated map. The results of the case study support the hypothesis showing that insight can be broken down to, and derived from, the level of basic relations. At the same time, the important role of the reference system and the previous knowledge of the analyst became evident.


Reverse Engineering Reasoning Process Basic Relation Analytical Reasoning Cognitive Artifact 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Aalto University School of EngineeringEspooFinland

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