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Wednesday, September 26 • 12:05pm - 12:15pm
Visualizing User Interactions with Simulation Tool

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In order to improve user experiences with simulation tools hosted by cyberinfrastructure, we endeavor to gain a better understanding of how users interact with tools. The dimensionality of these tools is often too large to be intuitively understood. This paper presents two contributions to the study of user behavior: the MEANDER algorithm for visualizing sessions of user activity, and a scoring method ("searchiness") for characterizing a user's behavior along an axis of "wildcatting" vs. searching. The MEANDER algorithm uses graph heuristics to "squash" a high dimensional path of exploration into a (distorted) plane for rendering. The "searchiness" score is built upon the same graph techniques.

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Michael Zentner

Director, HUBzero Platform, Purdue University / HUBzero
Entrepreneurship, Leadership of large cyberinfrastructure projects.

Wednesday September 26, 2018 12:05pm - 12:15pm CDT
Balcones Room, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

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