T-61.271 Visualization project description
16. Visualization of textual relations

Autumn 2004

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General information

The purpose of the project work is to get hands on experience and deeper understanding on one specific area of the course. At the same time you will be forced to think on some of the more general issues that are confronted every time a visualization method is developed or used.

To complete the project you will probably need information that has not been discussed on the lectures or in the exercises. Most of the time relevant information can be easily found on the web, course books or in some cases references to articles will be given. If you have problems finding information on the subject please contact the lecturer or the assistant for hints and guidance.

The project work will be valid for one year after the original deadline.

General requirements

specific requirements

The goal of this project is to create a tool to visualize relations between different parts (chapters, subchapters etc.) of a document. Another option is to visualize the mailbox containing email messages, usenet articles, or similar messages.

The tool should have the following features

  1. It should read a structured text file, for example the format could be Latex, HTML, XML, a Unix mbox file etc.

  2. It should analyze the content of the text (and possibly the header information) using a suitable statistical method.

  3. It should visualize the relations in the document using methods described in Card et al p. 413).

Submitting the project work

The project work should be submitted by email to:


Tapani Raiko 2004-12-21