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Team Project

Interaction Designer
Visual Designer

Jingning Zhang (HCI Master Candidate)
Hidy Kong (HCI PhD Candidate)
Michael Fong (ECE Master Candidate)
Wu Yu (Computer Science Phd Candidate)
Karrie Karahalios (Project Advisor)

Spring 2014

Design Challenge

The Human rights report of North korea is believed to contain significant information, but the length and the density of the information makes it hard to understand the document as a whole. The design challenge is how to present the over 400 pages document by interactive interfaces that's visually delightful, and at same time capture the essential information.

A visualization about the fact of North Korea.

Project Background

The visualization, motivated by the UN Document, is aimed at helping the audience explore the document’s content which is too long and to read and too complex to understand.
You can check the human rights report here.

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Our design is inspired by the metro maps from Trains of thought. We proposed an structured algorithm that can organize all the relationships between stories. Initially we also wanted to create a visualization similar to subway maps, presenting story development, a metro map of events in three sections of the UN Document. However, the real data is not easy to be processed as needed. Therefore we only keep the idea of having three topics and visualizing their relationships.

Organize the relationships between stories

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D. Shahaf, C. Guestrin, and E. Horvitz. Trains of thought: generating information maps, 2012.

There are 9 topics in the UN Document, from which we select Historical Events (History), Political Prison Camps (Prison) and The Rights of Food (Food) for analysis. We visualize the document along with all the articles regarding North Korea from New York Times. The visualization has three goals:

  • Examine the correlation between the three topics in the UN Document.
  • Present the coverage of news media on the information of the UN Document Analyze.
  • Compare the objectivity of the UN Document and new media to show their influence over the audience’s judgement.
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Data Collection

The UN Document of North Korea

We scraped the document to organize their contents by years and format them for analysis. We read the documents, search for a year number and copy the sentences relevant to the incident in that year. The sentences are selected based on their content.

News Media

We choose New York Times as our data source for news media, because it is one of the most popular media both as newspaper and online news site. To gather the data, we download the news articles related to North Korea from 1950 to 2014.

Data Analysis

The goal of data analysis is to use feasible algorithms to find the correlations between the documents. The algorithms should be simple enough to be finished within limited time and also their should produce reasonable results. Because of the reasons above we choose the following two metrics.
Keyword Overlap Analysis
Objectivity Analysis (classier created by Wiebe and Riloff)

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