A principled approach to interactive hierarchical non-linear visualization of high-dimensional data


Hierarchical visualization systems are desirable because a single two-dimensional visualization plot may not be sufficient to capture all of the interesting aspects of complex high-dimensional data sets. We extend an existing locally linear hierarchical visualization system PhiVis [1] in several directions: bf(1) we allow for em non-linear projection manifolds (the basic building block is the Generative Topographic Mapping -- GTM), bf(2) we introduce a general formulation of hierarchical probabilistic models consisting of local probabilistic models organized in a hierarchical tree, bf(3) we describe folding patterns of low-dimensional projection manifold in high-dimensional data space by computing and visualizing the manifold's local directional curvatures. Quantities such as magnification factors [3] and directional curvatures are helpful for understanding the layout of the nonlinear projection manifold in the data space and for further refinement of the hierarchical visualization plot. Like PhiVis, our system is statistically principled and is built interactively in a top-down fashion using the EM algorithm. We demonstrate the visualization system principle of the approach on a complex 12-dimensional data set and mention possible applications in the pharmaceutical industry.

Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Computer Science
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Systems analytics research institute (SARI)
Event Title: Interface '01 - Frontiers in Data Mining and Bioinformatics
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2002-01-01 - 2002-01-01
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hierarchical visualization,linear hierarchical visualization system,Generative Topographic Mapping,hierarchical probabilistic models,hierarchical tree,folding patterns,low-dimensional projection,magnification factors,directional curvatures,pharmaceutical industry
PURE Output Type: Paper
Published Date: 2002
Authors: Tino, Peter
Nabney, Ian T. (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1513-993X)
Sun, Yi
Williams, Bruce S.


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