Putting Table Cartograms into Practice

Mohammad Rakib Hasan, Debajyoti Mondal, Jarin Tasnim, Kevin A. Schneider

Given an m×n table T of positive weights, and a rectangle R with an area equal to the sum of the weights, a table cartogram computes a partition of R into m×n convex quadrilateral faces such that each face has the same adjacencies as its corresponding cell in T, and has an area equal to the cell’s weight. In this paper, we examine constraint optimization-based and physics-inspired cartographic transformation approaches to produce cartograms for large tables with thousands of cells. We show that large table cartograms may provide diagrammatic representations in various real-life scenarios, e.g., for analyzing correlations between geospatial variables and creating visual effects in images. Our experiments with real-life datasets provide insights into how one approach may outperform the other in various application contexts.
Mohammad Rakib Hasan, Debajyoti Mondal, Jarin Tasnim, and Kevin A. Schneider. 2021. Putting Table Cartograms into Practice. Advances in Visual Computing:91–102.
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