GeneticFlow: Exploring Scholar Impact with Interactive Visualization

Fengli Xiao, Lei Shi

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2023-10-25T03:27:00ZGMT-0600Change your timezone on the schedule page
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GeneticFlow visualization interface (Prof. Keim's graph): (a) system control panel; (b) scholar demographics; (c) graph statistics; (d) GF graph visualization; (e) topic distribution map; (f) author/paper/citation detail panel.
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Computing: Software, Networks, Security, Performance Engr., Distr. Systems, Databases ; Graph/Network and Tree Data


Visualizing a scholar's scientific impact is important for many challenging tasks in academia such as tenure evaluation and award selection. Existing visualization and profiling approaches do not focus on the analysis of individual scholar's impact, or they are too abstract to provide detailed interpretation of high-impact scholars. This work builds over a new scholar-centric impact-oriented profiling method called GeneticFlow. We propose a visualization design of scholar's self-citation graphs using a time-dependent, hierarchical representation method. The graph visualization is augmented with color-coded topic information trained with cutting-edge deep learning techniques, and also temporal trend chart to illustrate the dynamics of topic/impact evolution. The visualization method is validated on a benchmark dataset established for the visualization field. Visualization results reveal key patterns of high-impact scholars and also demonstrate its capability to serve ordinary researchers for their impact visualization task.