Tuesday, March 08, 2005

 

NameVoyager presents names as you type

NameVoyager is an interesting way to present a mass of data, using an as you type technique to narrow the data being viewed.

In this case the data is the distribution of the top 1000 US baby names for each of the decades of the last century. The initial display (via a Java applet), shows a mass of lines, representing all the names stacked together, and although some names have wide enough bands to be labelled with the name, most are too thin to do so. Moving the mouse over this highlights a single band, and gives a popup showing the name, and its rank in the decade the mouse is in.

Typing letters narrows the display to just the names matching the typed prefix - with an animated transition as you add additional letters.

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