Kori: Interactive Synthesis of Text and Charts in Data Documents

Shahid Latif, Zheng Zhou, Yoon Kim, Fabian Beck, Nam Wook Kim

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Kori uses an intelligent mixed-initiative interface to facilitate authoring of interactive data documents. The Kori system consists of a chart gallery (left), edit area (middle), and a link setting panel (right). Kori automatically suggests potential references (dotted gray underline) as a user types. Besides, it supports manual creation of links through simple interactions (4–6). The steps 1–10 describe a usage scenario to create an interactive story.

Charts go hand in hand with text to communicate complex data and are widely adopted in news articles, online blogs, and academic papers. They provide graphical summaries of the data, while text explains the message and context. However, synthesizing information across text and charts is difficult; it requires readers to frequently shift their attention. We investigated ways to support the tight coupling of text and charts in data documents. To understand their interplay, we analyzed the design space of such references through news articles and scientific papers. Informed by the analysis, we developed a mixed-initiative interface enabling users to construct interactive references between text and charts. It leverages natural language processing to automatically suggest references as well as allows users to manually construct other references effortlessly. A user study complemented with algorithmic evaluation of the system suggests that the interface provides an effective way to compose interactive data documents.