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VizSEC 2007 pp 53-66 | Cite as

Measuring the Complexity of Computer Security Visualization Designs

  • X. Suo
  • Y. Zhu
  • G. Scott Owen
Part of the Mathematics and Visualization book series (MATHVISUAL)

Abstract

We present a novel method to measure the complexity of computer security visualization designs. The complexity is measured in terms of visual integration, number of separable dimensions for each visual unit, the complexity of interpreting the visual attributes, and the efficiency of visual search. Visualization developers can use this method to quickly evaluate multiple design choices in the early stage of their design before any user study can be conducted. To demonstrate this method, we have conducted complexity analysis on two open source security visualization tools – TNV and RUMINT.

Keywords

Visual Search Cognitive Load User Study Separable Dimension Visual Attribute 
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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • X. Suo
    • 1
  • Y. Zhu
    • 1
  • G. Scott Owen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

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