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The Craft of Information Visualization by Ben Shneiderman, Benjamin B. Bederson

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Excentric Labeling: Dynamic Neighborhood Labeling for Data Visualization

Jean-Daniel Fekete and Catherine Plaisant,     Ecole des Mines de Nantes, 4, rue Alfred Kastler, La Chantrerie, 44307 Nantes, France, www.emn.fr/fekete; Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, UMIACS, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA, www.cs.umd.edu/hcil. E-mail address: Jean-Daniel.Fekete@emn.fr, plaisant@cs.umd.edu

ABSTRACT

The widespread use of information visualization is hampered by the lack of effective labeling techniques. An informal taxonomy of labeling methods is proposed. We then describe “excentric labeling”, a new dynamic technique to label a neighborhood of objects located around the cursor. This technique does not intrude into the existing ...

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