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Apr 18, 2014 2:35 AM
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It seems to be pivot-by-middle proposed by Ben Shneiderman, but I'm not sure. Does anybody know this?

Thanks!

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Apr 18, 2014 1:44 PM
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It actually is a variation on Split. It recursively divides the space, splitting the rectangle in the larger dimension. The variation is that it doesn't split in half but rather it uses the golden ratio. This algorithm preserves the order of the data but it does result in some rectangles with a larger aspect ratio.

We are looking at new tiling algorithms for a future version of JMP.

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Apr 18, 2014 1:44 PM
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It actually is a variation on Split. It recursively divides the space, splitting the rectangle in the larger dimension. The variation is that it doesn't split in half but rather it uses the golden ratio. This algorithm preserves the order of the data but it does result in some rectangles with a larger aspect ratio.

We are looking at new tiling algorithms for a future version of JMP.

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Apr 22, 2014 12:40 AM
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Thank you. I'm trying to reproduce the treemap produced by JMP. While the treemap produced by me and that by JMP are similar overall, there are some difference.

Let me show you an example. I used the first twenty rows in Cities.jmp which is used by JMP to show the feature of treemap.

index city POP

1 | ALBANY | 846 |

2 | ALBUQUERQUE | 486 |

3 | ATLANTA | 2657 |

4 | ATLANTIC CITY | 303 |

5 | BALTIMORE | 2303 |

6 | BOSTON | 2842 |

7 | BURLINGTON | 127 |

8 | CHARLESTON | 502 |

9 | CHARLOTTE | 1091 |

10 | CHEYENNE | 76 |

11 | CHICAGO | 6199 |

12 | CINCINNATI | 1438 |

13 | CLEVELAND | 1851 |

14 | DENVER | 1645 |

15 | DES MOINES | 385 |

16 | DETROIT | 4362 |

17 | DUBUQUE | 91 |

18 | GALVESTON-T.C. | 211 |

19 | HARRISBURG | 584 |

20 | HARTFORD | 748 |

All POP sum to 28747, the first nine POP sum to 11157. The ratio is 11157/28747=0.3881, it already exceeded the golden ratio 0.382. However, the treemap produced by JMP further included the tenth datum in the upper part. So my question is that whether JMP uses exactly 0.382 as the split ratio or apart from this ratio, there are other factors affecting which part the datum should belong to(eg. to optimize the aspect ratio).

The two pictures below are produced by JMP and me, respectively. Notice the rectangles in the red area represent the same datum, but in different position. The layout box are both square.

Thanks

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Apr 22, 2014 6:20 AM
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Apr 22, 2014 9:43 PM
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Yes, when I use 0.39, the results are the same. Thanks a lot!