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Flex from Many-Eyes



Many Eyes is a bet on the power of human visual intelligence to find patterns. Our goal is to “democratize” visualization and to enable a new social kind of data analysis.”

Many eyes is a result of some good research by IBM’s Collaborative User Experience research group.

Extending the concept of data-visualization where we represent our data in graphical form (may be using charts), they have slightly looked up into the future to come up with something we should just call miracle. They target at finding patterns in the data and give it a graphical representation using which the end user can visualize these patterns very easily.

A good example could be a tag cloud. A tag cloud is cloud (or simply saying collection) of words where the size of a word in the cloud represents its value in the collection. The value is a metric which could be based on the frequency of the words or may be similarity with other words.

To give thing a try I used the data from flexcoders.net. I picked up the last 2006 users registered and fed it to many-eyes. As I was more interested in the tag cloud I chose that while visualizing the data. The published result can be seen here . One can verify the produced results. If one choses region as the cloud creation criteria one can see the main cities like bangalore where the buzz for flex is more. Same thing holds for country and as a result US and India can be seen bigger.

The cloud becomes interesting once you choose “Added on” field as the cloud creation criteria. If you will try this in the link given above you will find that some of the dates are infact very big as compared to others. Which what implies is on 27th and 28th June a lot of flexcoders registered themselves on the flexcoders.net. Thus, it is also a nice way to play with your data and analyze it through various perspectives.

Not only that, the power comes when it also allows search in the cloud to narrow down your focus on particular criteria. With large amount of data too once created it works fast and that is where it fits in in the RIA world. The current RIA technology are already on the miracle axis and they are changing the web and I think very soon someone will come up at such a cool component in flex.

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