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Accession Number ADA586598
Title Visual Analytic for Improving Human Terrain Understanding.
Publication Date Jun 2013
Media Count 31p
Personal Author E. Heilman J. Richardson M. Mittrick T. Hanratty
Abstract Visual analytics are a growing area of research within the Department of Defense that targets the effective interleaving of analytical reasoning with interactive interfaces. Capitalizing on the human capacity for spatial reasoning, visual analytics enhance the decision maker's understanding of the underlying decision space by augmenting the assimilation of complex relationships. Towards this end, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory has developed a software application that complements traditional social network analysis and allows for improved understanding of the human terrain. The software application, called the Heterogeneous Data Proximity Tool (HDPT), combines a data dimensionality reduction routine with multidimensional scaling to produce an analytic to visually interrogate the similarity or dissimilarity among a given set of high-valued individuals. The HDPT starts with a reference data set representing individuals with known group affiliations: insurgents, innocents, and criminals. As intelligence is collected about new individuals within an area of operation, HDPT computes and plots their relative positions with regard to the existing reference data. The resulting analytic portrays the relative position of the new individual's organizational orientation within the known human terrain. This paper presents the development of HDPT and the results from its participation in the FY12 Product Director Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (C4ISR) and Network Modernization's Event 2012 (E12) field exercise.
Keywords Analytical reasoning
Army research
Computer graphics
Computer programs
Decision support systems
Dimensional reduction
Field tests
Gowers similarity coefficient
Graphical user interface
Heterogeneous data proximity tool
Heterogeneous data proximity tool(HDPT)
Interpersonal relations
Proximity matrices
Similarity analysis
Situational awareness
Social network analysis
Statistical analysis
Tactical intelligence
Terrain understanding
Visual analytics

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92B - Psychology
57T - Psychiatry
72F - Statistical Analysis
62B - Computer Software
74F - Military Intelligence
Corporate Author Army Research Lab., Adelphi, MD. Computational and Information Sciences Directorate.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Conference paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1405
Contract Number N/A

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