Expectation Versus Reality: The Failed Evaluation of a Mixed-Initiative Visualization System


Our research aimed to present the design and evaluation of a mixedinitiative system that aids the user in handling complex datasets and dense visualization systems. We attempted to demonstrate this system with two trials of an online between-groups, two-bytwo study, measuring the effects of this mixed-initiative system on user interactions and system usability. However, due to flaws in the interface design and the expectations that we put on users, we were unable to show that the adaptive system had an impact on user interactions or system usability. In this paper, we discuss the unexpected findings that we found from our “failed” experiments and examine how we can learn from our failures to improve further research.

IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics