There are few visualization techniques for displaying complex software systems with large numbers of packages and classes. One visualization technique is the System Hotspots View, whose effectiveness has yet to be validated by any empirical studies. We have conducted a user evaluation to see whether participants of our modified System Hotspots View using a large visualization wall can accurately identify key measurements and comparisons in the underlying soft- ware system. The results of our user evaluation indicate that participants were able to effectively use our modified System Hotspots View to explore the example domain: version 1.6 of the Java API. Our observations also indicate that there are issues around interacting with the visualization wall. Copyright 2010 ACM.

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Keywords Large displays, Software visualization, User evaluation, Visualization wall
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1145/1879211.1879218
Conference 2010 5th International Symposium on Software Visualization, SOFTVIS'10, Co-located with VisWeek 2010
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Anslow, C. (Craig), Marshall, S. (Stuart), Noble, J. (James), Tempero, E. (Ewan), & Biddle, R. (2010). User evaluation of polymetric views using a large visualization wall. Presented at the 2010 5th International Symposium on Software Visualization, SOFTVIS'10, Co-located with VisWeek 2010. doi:10.1145/1879211.1879218