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DocuBurst is the first visualization of document content which takes advantage of the human-created structure in lexical databases. We use an accepted design paradigm to generate visualizations which improve the usability and utility of WordNet as the backbone for document content visualization. A radial, space-filling layout of hyponymy (IS-A relation) is presented with interactive techniques of zoom, filter, and details-on-demand for the task of document visualization. The techniques can be generalized to multiple documents.

Created by Christopher Collins. Currently maintained by Rafael Veras. More info at vialab.

Download the latest release.

##How to run

java -jar docuburst.jar my-plain-text-doc.txt (requires Java 8+)

##Getting Started

  1. Type the word you want to be the root of the tree. It defines the scope of your investigation. Not sure? Type entity for the broadest scope.
  2. Go to Options and play with Maximum tree depth. It controls the level of detail of the view.
  3. Now click Single node to color only the categories that occur directly in the document.
  4. Click on one of these categories and go to Concordance lines to see the excerpts where they appear in the text. Text segments is similar, but shows you more context.
  5. By the way, the text is divided into segments based on vocabulary changes (check Marti Hearst's awesome paper). These segments are represented by tiles on the right side. When you click a category, the tiles where it appears become orange!
  6. Pick a category of interest and double click it to narrow down your exploration.
  7. LeftClick+Hold+Move on a blank area to pan the view. RightClick+Hold+Move to zoom in/out.
  8. Double RightClick on the root (center of the sunburst) to roll-up.


C. Collins, S. Carpendale, and G. Penn, “DocuBurst: Visualizing Document Content Using Language Structure,” Computer Graphics Forum (Proc. of the Eurographics/IEEE-VGTC Symposium on Visualization (EuroVis)), vol. 28, iss. 3, pp. 1039-1046, 2009.