Visualization technique for multi-attribute in hierarchical structure

Yi Chen, Yuan Gang Zhen, Hai Yun Hu, Jie Liang, Kwan-Liu Ma

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Nowadays, there is increasing need to analyze the complex data with both hierarchical and multi-attributes in many fields such as food safety, stock market, and network security. The visual analytics appeared in recent years provides a good solution to analyze this kind of data. So far, many visualization methods for multi-dimensional data and hierarchical data, the typical data objects in the field of information visualization, have been presented to solve data analyzing problems effectively. However, the existing solutions can't meet requirements of visual analysis for the complex data with both multi-dimensional and hierarchical attributes. This paper presents a technology named Multi-Coordinate in Treemap (MCT), which combines rectangle treemap and multi-dimensional coordinates techniques. MCT uses treemap created with Squarified and Strip layout algorithm to represent hierarchical structure, uses four edges of treemap's rectangular node as the attribute axis, and through mapping property values to attribute axis, connecting attribute points and fitting curve, to achieve visualization of multi-attribute in hierarchical structure. This work applies MCT technology to visualize pesticide residue detection data and implements the visualization for detecting excessive pesticide residue in fruits and vegetables distributed in each provinces of China. This technology provides an efficient analysis tool for field experts. MCT can also be applied in other fields which require visual analysis of complex data with both hierarchical and multi-attribute.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1091-1102
Number of pages12
JournalRuan Jian Xue Bao/Journal of Software
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2016


  • Hierarchical structure
  • Information visualization
  • Multi-attribute
  • Parallel coordinate
  • Treemap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software


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