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VAST Challenge 2017 MC1


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Mini Challenge 1 Overview

As part of his investigation, ornithology student Mitch Vogel needs to examine the movement of traffic through the Boonsong Lekagul Nature Preserve. His first working hypothesis is that there is some link between the traffic going through the preserve and the decline in the nesting Rose-crested Blue Pipit—maybe the traffic noises are drowning out mating calls! Or perhaps he can discover some odd goings on in the traffic patterns—perhaps campers are invading the bird’s habitat areas?

There are park rangers working as caretakers of the nature preserve, and they have been collecting traffic data for their annual reporting to the local government. They have provided Mitch with some data, explanations about the data, and a map. Mitch feels unprepared to analyze this information alone and is asking you to help with your visual analytics prowess.

Use visual analytics to analyze the available data and develop responses to the questions below. In addition, prepare a video that shows how you used visual analytics to solve this challenge. Novel visualizations and analysis approaches are especially interesting for this mini-challenge. Please do not use any other data in your work (including other Internet-based sources or other mini-challenge data).

You may use tools you developed in other VAST Challenges in your efforts – please let us know when you do so!

Questions:

  1. “Patterns of Life” analyses depend on recognizing repeating patterns of activities by individuals or groups. Describe up to six daily patterns of life by vehicles traveling through and within the park. Characterize the patterns by describing the kinds of vehicles participating, their spatial activities (where do they go?), their temporal activities (when does the pattern happen?), and provide a hypothesis of what the pattern represents (for example, if I drove to a coffee house every morning, but did not stay for long, you might hypothesize I’m getting coffee “to-go”). Please limit your answer to six images and 500 words.
  2. Patterns of Life analyses may also depend on understanding what patterns appear over longer periods of time (in this case, over multiple days). Describe up to six patterns of life that occur over multiple days (including across the entire data set) by vehicles traveling through and within the park. Characterize the patterns by describing the kinds of vehicles participating, their spatial activities (where do they go?), their temporal activities (when does the pattern happen?), and provide a hypothesis of what the pattern represents (for example, many vehicles showing up at the same location each Saturday at the same time may suggest some activity occurring there each Saturday). Please limit your answer to six images and 500 words.
  3. Unusual patterns may be patterns of activity that changes from an established pattern, or are just difficult to explain from what you know of a situation. Describe up to six unusual patterns (either single day or multiple days) and highlight why you find them unusual. Please limit your answer to six images and 500 words.
  4. What are the top 3 patterns you discovered that you suspect could be most impactful to bird life in the nature preserve? (Provide a short text answer.)

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VAST Challenge 2017 Submission Instructions

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FAQ

Q: I read "Please note that cycling and camping are only permitted in designated areas. See the visitor guide map for details.” from Lekagul Preserve Description which download from website.
However, I find nothing about cycling area from the map. Would you like to give me the answer?
A: Bicycles are only allowed on the Preserve roadways. No off-road biking is currently permitted.


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