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  Technical Report: Arc Diagrams: Visualizing Structure in Strings

Arc Diagrams: Visualizing Structure in Strings

Technical Report #:02-11
Author(s): Martin Wattenberg
Category(s):String, sequence, visualization, arc diagram, music, text, code

Abstract

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This paper introduces a new visualization method, the arc diagram, which is capable of representing complex patterns of repetition in string data. Arc diagrams
improve over previous methods such as dotplots because they scale efficiently for strings that contain many instances of the same subsequence. This paper describes
design and implementation issues related to arc diagrams and shows how they may be applied to visualize such diverse data as music, text, and compiled code.


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