Formalizing analytical discourse in visual analytics

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This paper presents a theory of analytical discourse and a formal model of the intentional structure of visual analytic reasoning process. Our model rests on the theory of collaborative discourse, and allows for cooperative human-machine communication in visual interactive dialogues. Using a sample discourse from a crisis management scenario, we demonstrated the utility of our theory in characterizing the discourse context and collaboration. In particular, we view analytical discourse as plans consisting of complex mental attitude towards analytical tasks and issues. Under this view, human reasoning and computational analysis become integral part of the collaborative plan that evolves through discourse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationVAST IEEE Symposium on Visual Analytics Science and Technology 2007, Proceedings
Number of pages2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
EventVAST IEEE Symposium on Visual Analytics Science and Technology 2007 - Sacramento, CA, United States
Duration: Oct 30 2007Nov 1 2007


OtherVAST IEEE Symposium on Visual Analytics Science and Technology 2007
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySacramento, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science
  • Computer Science Applications


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