StarSpire: Multi-Model Semantic Interaction for Text Analytics

TitleStarSpire: Multi-Model Semantic Interaction for Text Analytics
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBradel, L, North, C, House, L, Leman, S
Conference NameIEEE Conference on Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST)
Conference LocationParis, France

Semantic interaction offers an intuitive communication mechanism between human users and complex statistical models. By shielding the users from manipulating model parameters, they focus instead on directly manipulating the spatialization, thus remaining in their cognitive zone. However, this technique is not inherently scalable past hundreds of text documents. To remedy this, we present the concept of multi-model semantic interaction, where semantic interactions can be used to steer multiple models at multiple levels of data scale, enabling users to tackle larger data problems. We also present an updated visualization pipeline model for generalized multi-model semantic interaction. To demonstrate multi-model semantic interaction, we introduce StarSPIRE, a visual text analytics prototype that transforms user interactions on documents into both small-scale display layout updates as well as large-scale relevancy-based document selection.