Visual Parameter Space Analysis: A Conceptual Framework

Michael Sedlmair, Christoph Heinzl, Stefan Bruckner, Harald Piringer, Torsten Möller

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Various case studies in different application domains have shown the great potential of visual parameter space analysis to support validating and using simulation models. In order to guide and systematize research endeavors in this area, we provide a conceptual framework for visual parameter space analysis problems. The framework is based on our own experience and a structured analysis of the visualization literature. It contains three major components: (1) a data flow model that helps to abstractly describe visual parameter space analysis problems independent of their application domain; (2) a set of four navigation strategies of how parameter space analysis can be supported by visualization tools; and (3) a characterization of six analysis tasks. Based on our framework, we analyze and classify the current body of literature, and identify three open research gaps in visual parameter space analysis. The framework and its discussion are meant to support visualization designers and researchers in characterizing parameter space analysis problems and to guide their design and evaluation processes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6876043
Pages (from-to)2161-2170
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG)
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2014


  • input-output model
  • literature analysis
  • Parameter space analysis
  • simulation
  • task characterization

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