The effect of domain knowledge on interaction with visual analytics

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  • Solomon Ishack
  • Chris Baber
  • Adam Duncan

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  • School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Birmingham


In this paper we consider how domain knowledge affects interaction with Visual Analytics. In a trial involving a particular musical genre (in which we can demonstrate that some of the participants are expert), we show significant differences in the ways in which novices and experts interact with a visualisation. These differences reflect differences in prior knowledge. This suggests that the manner in which people interact with Visual Analytics is not simply a function of what is displayed to them, but a matter of how this display corresponds to their existing knowledge. This relationship is explored through the concept of Distributed Cognition.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
EventInternational Conference on Ergonomics and Human Factors, 2015 - Daventry, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Apr 201516 Apr 2015


ConferenceInternational Conference on Ergonomics and Human Factors, 2015
CountryUnited Kingdom

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