Entry 9Wheel and Bricks - Interactive Exploration of Student Interests
Zongru Li, Weipeng Zhang, YiNing Nie, Jie Liang, Xiaoru Yuan — Peking University & Beihang University

This visualization of student interest data is based on the methods of MatrixWave[1] and Radial Sets[2] to reveal the complex nature of transfer patterns between majors from pre-college to sophomore year. 18 nodes in matrix view and sets in radial view represent the college majors. Rectangles in matrix and arcs in radial set represent outflux of students colored red, influx of students colored blue. Views use diagonal rectangles colored grey in matrix and grey sets in radial set as the follow-through students. The adjacent Matrix views aim to visualize the transfer among different majors spread out three matrix years. Radial sets emphasize the variations between years with ranking, taking a circle overview as a college. To explore Perceived vs. Actual Student Interest, we can strength the most relevant majors and highlight the main features to find out pattern in these students’ data, with two views together.

[1] MatrixWave: Visual Comparison of Event Sequence Data. Zhao et al. CHI 2015.

[2] Radial Sets: Interactive Visual Analysis of Large Overlapping Sets. Alsallakh et al. TVCG 2013.

Zongru Li1 email: cool.lzr@pku.edu.cn
Weipeng Zhang2 email: weipengzhang@buaa.edu.cn
YiNing Nie1 email: 7geniedesign@gmail.com
Jie Liang1 email: christy.jie@gmail.com
Xiaoru Yuan1 email: xiaoru.yuan@pku.edu.cn

1Key Laboratory of Machine Perception (Ministry of Education), and School of EECS, Peking University 
2School of Physics and Nuclear Energy Engineering, Beihang University