Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Reaction: Jigsaw: Supporting Investigative Analysis Through Interactive Visualization

Jigsaw is a tool that helps in exploratory analysis by providing multiple views of a document and its entities. While reading a document, we usually form a mental picture or model, which is difficult to continue with as the document size grows bigger. In such situations, Jigsaw can help get a clear understanding of the structure and content of the document.

I liked this idea of represent trillions of bytes of data visually and is certainly better than the text summarizations available today. Also, Jigsaw can help in the area of data analysis and text can be presented in the form of graphs, charts or reports. The limitation in scalability of reports having thousands of entities in a category still remains. In this case, we would have a large number of labels, nodes etc and the user would need to scroll a lot. It would be interesting to see how this tool gets modified to adapt to such scenarios.