Investigating the Efficacy of Network Visualizations for Intelligence Tasks
Author(s)Berardi, C.; Solovey, E. T.; Cummings, M. L.
There is an increasing requirement for advanced analytical methodologies to help military intelligence analysts cope with the growing amount of data they are saturated with on a daily basis. Specifically, within the context of terror network analysis, one of the largest problems is the transformation of raw tabular data into a visualization that is easily and effectively exploited by intelligence analysts. Currently, the primary method within the intelligence domain is the node-link visualization, which encodes data sets by depicting the ties between nodes as lines between objects in a plane. This method, although useful, has limitations when the size and complexity of data grows. The matrix offers an alternate perspective because the two dimensions of the matrix are arrayed as an actors x actors matrix. This paper describes an experiment investigating node-link and matrix visualization techniques within social network analysis, and their effectiveness for the intelligence tasks of: 1) identifying leaders and 2) identifying clusters. The sixty participants in the experiment were all Air Force intelligence analysts and we provide recommendations for building visualization tools for this specialized group of users.
Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI)
Berardi, C., Solovey, E.T., Cummings, M.L. Investigating the Efficacy of Network Visualizations for Intelligence Tasks, In Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI), Seattle, WA, June 4-7, 2013.
Terrorism, Terrorist Network, Visualization, Node- Link, Matrix, Intelligence Analyst, Social Network Analysis