Information Analysis & Visualization

Research Goal

A graphical interface that summarizes the discussion content and participants behavior from an archive of a computer mediated communication (CMC) process.


Funding for this research was received from the following agencies:

  • NSF/CISE/ITO. #ITS-9800696. "An Intelligent CSCW Workbench: Personalized Analysis and Visualization." 8/01/98-7/31/01. $274,163.

  • University of Southern California/sub-DARPA."GeoWorlds, Task 5.1 under DASHER Task 5." 6/1/98-5/30/99. $194,000.

  • University of Illinois/sub-DARPA. #N6001-97-C-8535. "The Interspace Prototype: An Analysis Environment based on Scalable Semantics." 7/1/97-6/30/00. $1,078,991


We would like to acknowledge the contributions made to this research by our collaborators:

  • Dr. Bruce Schatz and his group at CANISUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and

  • Dr. Robert Naches and the Information Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California.

Approach and Methodology


  • CSQuest is a collection of 280,000 computer engineering terms and 10M links.


  • Arizona Noun Phraser: indexing based on the identification of noun phrases in text. 

  • Automatic Indexing: stop wording and algorithmic index phrase formation 

  • Concept Space: index phrase co-occurrence information is used to generate an automatic thesaurus for search term suggestion. 

  • Concept Space Generation: Batch, Incremental, Real-time 

  • Kohonen Self-Organization Map (SOM) Algorithms: 1-D, 2-D, 3-D (VRML) displays for information categorization and visualization. 

  • Multi-dimensional Scaling: an alternative method to the Kohonen SOM providing information categorization and visualization in 1-D, 2-D, 3-D (VRML) displays. 

  • Ward's Hierarchical Clustering: another method of categorizing information. 

  • Visualization-magnification with Fisheye view or Fractal view.

Team Members

   Dr. Hsinchun Chen


   Dr. Bruce Schatz


   Bin Zhu


   Kristin Tolle


   Rosie Hauck


   Chienting Lin


   Michael Chau


   Thian-Huat Og



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