Rendering the order of life events

TitleRendering the order of life events
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsBürgin, R, Ritschard, G
JournalLIVES Working Papers
Volume2013
Issue29
Pagination1-16
PublisherNCCR LIVES
Place PublishedLausanne
ISSN2296-1658
Keywordsevent sequences, exploratory data analysis, graphical statistics, longitudinal categorical data, multiple time series plot, sequence analysis, state sequences, visualization
Abstract

This article proposes a decorated parallel coordinate plot for longitudinal categorical data, featuring a jitter mechanism revealing the diversity of observed longitudinal patterns and allowing the tracking of each individual pattern, variable point and line widths reflecting weighted pattern frequencies, the rendering of simultaneous events, and different flter options for highlighting typical patterns. The proposed visual display has been developed for describing and exploring the temporal ordering of events, but it can be equally applied to other types of longitudinal categorical data. Alongside the description of the principle of the plot, we demonstrate the scope of the plot with two real applications.

DOI10.12682/lives.2296-1658.2013.29