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John Conwell: aka Turbo Research in the visual exploration of data

I've spent the past 3 weeks working a lot with Pivot from Microsoft Live Labs (http://getpivot.com/).  Pivot is a tool that allows you to visually explore data. Its an interesting take on visual data mining.

Anyway, I've been writing a lot of code that creates a hierarchy of Pivot collections, where one item in the collection drills down into an entirly new collection.

The dev community around Pivot is still very young, so there isnt much tribal knowledge built up yet.  I've spent a lot of time trying to get things to work through trial and error, as well as digging around in Reflector.  But I've finally got a framework built for programatically creating DeepZoom images, Pivot collections, Sparse Images, etc.  

If anyone has any questions, or suggestions on a post topic, leave a comment and I'll try and answer your question. 

Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 4:27 PM Data Mining , Pivot , Visualization | Back to top


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Ok, there is an idea I had. So, when a collection gets too big, you have to move to something liek what you are talking about here - or a dynamic collection. In the case of the dynamic collection you build these things on the fly... Sooo... why not write a generic server that loads up a bunch of cxml. Then a search term (or other filter) comes in and says something like "metadata=quark" or something. it then scans the loaded cxml data and generates the proper cxml on the fly and returns it to the Pivot client. That way you could take something that was 20,000 images big and do it usefully and fairly automatically. You might be able to do somethign generic with the links as you are doing above (or perhaps specify some DSL that would allow the designer to do it).
Left by Gordon Watts on Apr 15, 2010 8:25 PM

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