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Glyph visualization: A fail-safe design scheme based on quasi-hamming distances

Legg, Philip A.; Legg, Philip; Maguire, Eamonn; Walton, Simon; Chen, Min


Philip A. Legg

Eamonn Maguire

Simon Walton

Min Chen


© 1981-2012 IEEE. In many spatial and temporal visualization applications, glyphs provide an effective means for encoding multivariate data. However, because glyphs are typically small, they are vulnerable to various perceptual errors. This article introduces the concept of a quasi-Hamming distance in the context of glyph design and examines the feasibility of estimating the quasi-Hamming distance between a pair of glyphs and the minimal Hamming distance for a glyph set. The authors demonstrate the design concept by developing a file-system event visualization that can depict the activities of multiple users.


Legg, P. A., Legg, P., Maguire, E., Walton, S., & Chen, M. (2017). Glyph visualization: A fail-safe design scheme based on quasi-hamming distances. IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 37(2), 31-41.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 8, 2016
Publication Date Mar 1, 2017
Journal IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications
Print ISSN 0272-1716
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 37
Issue 2
Pages 31-41
Keywords glyph visualization, user perception, design study, file system visualization
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