2008 InteractiveEntResInRelData

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Subject Headings: Interactive Entity Record Deduplication System, D-Dupe System, Information Visualization, Visual Analytics.

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Databases often contain uncertain and imprecise references to real-world entities. Entity resolution, which is the process of reconciling multiple references to underlying real-world entities, is an important data cleaning process required before accurate visualization or analysis of the data is possible. In many cases, in addition to noisy data describing entities, there is data describing the relationships among the entities. This relational data is important during the entity resolution process; it is useful both for the algorithms that determine likely database references to be resolved and for visual analytic tools that support the entity resolution process. In this paper, we introduce a novel user interface, D-Dupe, for interactive entity resolution in relational data. D-Dupe effectively combines relational entity resolution algorithms with a novel network visualization that enables users to make use of an entity’s relational context for making resolution decisions. We describe resolution strategies based on pairs or sets of references and show appropriate visualizations for each. Since resolution decisions often are interdependent, D-Dupe facilitates understanding this complex process through animations that highlight combined inferences and a history mechanism that allows users to inspect chains of resolution decisions. An empirical study with 12 users confirmed the benefits of the relational context visualization on the performance of entity resolution tasks in relational data in terms of time as well as users’ confidence and satisfaction.


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 AuthorvolumeDate ValuetitletypejournaltitleUrldoinoteyear
2008 InteractiveEntResInRelDataHyunmo Kang
Lise Getoor
Ben Shneiderman
Mustafa Bilgic
Louis Licamele
Interactive Entity Resolution in Relational Data: A Visual Analytic Tool and Its EvaluationIEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphicshttp://linqs.cs.umd.edu/basilic/web/Publications/2008/kang:tvcg08/2008