exploration is the process of extracting
knowledge from databases using visual, analytic and database tools.
Database exploration has two main modeling components: a systems integration model that integrates
the various tools in support of data exploration tasks, and a
user-centered model of
the data exploration process itself.
This thesis takes a dual approach to database
- developing and implementing a systems integration model based on
data exploration tasks, and
- defining a generalized data exploration process model that
captures the essence of data exploration sessions.
The systems integration model maps between the data
models and interaction styles of database and visualization exploration
domains. The process model describes data exploration without regard for
the exploration domain. Two key components of the process model are a set
of exploration domain-independent metrics that characterize elements of the
process, and a set of data exploration interaction
patterns that characterize database exploration
sessions. The generalized process model is then applied to the systems
model and implementation
The dissertation is organized into the following .pdf files: