The human is the loop: new directions for visual analytics

TitleThe human is the loop: new directions for visual analytics
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsEndert, A, Hossain, SM, Ramakrishnan, N, North, C, Fiaux, P, Andrews, C
JournalJournal of Intelligent Information Systems
Keywordsclustering, Semantic interaction, Spatialization, Storytelling, Visual Analytics

Visual analytics is the science of marrying interactive visualizations and analytic algorithms to support exploratory knowledge discovery in large datasets. We argue for a shift from a ‘human in the loop’ philosophy for visual analytics to a ‘human is the loop’ viewpoint, where the focus is on recognizing analysts’ work processes, and seamlessly fitting analytics into that existing interactive process. We survey a range of projects that provide visual analytic support contextually in the sensemaking loop, and outline a research agenda along with future challenges.