Design of BBS with Visual Representation for Online Data Analysis

  • Yasufumi Takama
  • Yuta Seo
Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 123)


A concept of bulletin board system (BBS) equipped with information visualization techniques is proposed for supporting online data analysis. Although a group discussion is known to be effective for analyzing data from various viewpoints, the number of participants has to be limited in terms of time and space constraints. To solve the problem, this paper proposes to augment BBS, which is one of popular tools on the Web. In order for discussion participants to share the data online, the system provides them with a visual representation of target data, with functions for supporting comment generation as well as retrieving posted comments. In order to show the potential of the concept, a BBS equipped with KeyGraph is also developed for supporting online chance discovery. It has functions for making visual annotations on the KeyGraph, as well as a function for retrieving similar scenarios. The experimental result shows the effectiveness of the BBS in terms of the usefulness of scenario generation support functions as well as that of scenario retrieval engines.


Bulletin board system (BBS) online data analysis information visualization chance discovery scenario generation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yasufumi Takama
    • 1
  • Yuta Seo
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of System DesignTokyo Metropolitan UniversityTokyoJapan

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