Interactive Visualization of Survey Results




Xu, Zheng

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Conducting surveys is a common practice in industry, science, and education. Current online survey tools focus on collecting data but not on effective visualization of the results. This project report describes a visualization approach to help lay- users to dynamically explore survey results. Moreover, the report proposes that for exploratory tasks, the lay-user should focus on choosing the data that is relevant to them and the system should infer the type of charts that are appropriate for the chosen data. Based on this proposal, a dashboard style web tool was designed and implemented. This tool automatically generates visualizations that are appropriate for the current data selection, and it also has a series of interaction features such as chart reordering and brushing / linking. A pilot study was also conducted to evaluate this tool and the preliminary conclusion was that the tool could help the user to complete some survey tasks and enable exploration.



visualization, survey, data