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Jigsaw: supporting investigative analysis

TitleJigsaw: supporting investigative analysis
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsStasko J, Görg C, Liu Z
Book TitleInformation Visualization
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

Investigative analysts who work with collections of text documents connect embedded threads of evidence in order to formulate hypotheses about plans and activities of potential interest. As the number of documents and the corresponding number of concepts and entities within the documents grow larger, sense-making processes become more and more difficult for the analysts.
We have developed a visual analytic system called Jigsaw that represents documents and their entities visually in order to help analysts examine them more efficiently and develop theories about potential actions more quickly. Jigsaw provides multiple coordinated views of document entities with a special emphasis on visually illustrating connections between entities across the different documents.