Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
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Distortion Techniques

  • Sheelagh Carpendale
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_1127

Synonyms

Detail-in-context; Fisheye views; Multiscale views; Nonlinear magnification; or Focus-plus-context

Definition

While the word “distortion” often has unfavorable connotations in terms of data, a distortion technique in digital information viewing or data exploration is the use of deformation of some aspect of the information or data in order to provide a better view or better access to some other aspect of the data.

Historical Background

The uses of distortion in digital information exploration interfaces have two independent starting points: Spence and Apperley’s Bifocal Display [18] and Furnas’ Generalized Fisheye Views [5]. From these origins, research initially focused on developing algorithmic solutions for distortion techniques. Well-known examples include: Sarkar and Brown’s Graphical Fisheyes [16], which expand upon Furnas’ approach creating spatial reorganizations of visual representations; Hyperbolic Display [9], which uses mathematical function to create...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • Daniel A. Keim
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentUniversity of KonstanzKonstanzGermany