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Visualizations for taxonomic and phylogenetic trees
Parr, C.S.; Lee, B.; Campbell, D.; Bederson, B.B. (2004). Visualizations for taxonomic and phylogenetic trees. Bioinformatics 20(17): 2997-3004. dx.doi.org/10.1093/bioinformatics/bth345
In: Bioinformatics. ISSN 1367-4803, more
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  • Parr, C.S.
  • Lee, B.
  • Campbell, D.
  • Bederson, B.B.

Abstract
    Motivation: Despite substantial efforts to develop and populate the back-ends of biological databases, front-ends to these systems often rely on taxonomic expertise. This research applies techniques from human-computer interaction research to the biodiversity domain. Results: We developed an interactive node-link tool, TaxonTree, illustrating the value of a carefully designed interaction model, animation, and integrated searching and browsing towards retrieval of biological names and other information. Users tested the tool using a new, large integrated dataset of animal names with phylogenetic-based and classification-based tree structures. These techniques also translated well for a tool, DoubleTree, to allow comparison of trees using coupled interaction. Our approaches will be useful not only for biological data but as general portal interfaces.

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