Treemaps for space-constrained visualization of hierarchies
Started Dec. 26th, 1998 by Later updates by Ben Shneiderman and Catherine Plaisant - Last update Sept 2014 Our treemap products: Treemap 4.0: General treemap tool (Free demo version, plus licensing information for full package) PhotoMesa: Zoomable image library browser (Free demo version, plus licensing information for full package) Treemap Algorithms and Algorithm Animations (Open source Java code) A History of Treemap Research at the During 1990, in response to the common problem of a filled hard disk, I became obsessed with the idea of producing a compact visualization of directory tree structures. Since the 80 Megabyte hard disk in the HCIL was shared by 14 users it was difficult to determine how and where space was used. Tree structured node-link diagrams grew too large to be useful, so I explored ways to show a tree in a space-constrained layout. My initial design simply nested the rectangles, but a more comprehensible design used a border to show the nesting.
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