Information-theoretic Analysis of Unsteady Data

Author Heike Jänicke

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Heike Jänicke. Information-theoretic Analysis of Unsteady Data. In Scientific Visualization: Interactions, Features, Metaphors. Dagstuhl Follow-Ups, Volume 2, pp. 118-128, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2011)


The temporal evolution of scientific data is of high relevance in many fields of application. Understanding the dynamics over time is a crucial step in understanding the underlying system. The availability of large scale parallel computers has led to a finer and finer resolution of simulation data, which makes it difficult to detect all relevant changes of the system by watching a video or a set of snapshots. In recent years, algorithms for the automatic detection of coherent temporal structures have been developed that allow for an identification of interesting areas and time steps in unsteady data. With such techniques, the user can be guided to interesting subsets of the data or a video can be automatically created that does not occlude relevant aspects of the simulation. In this paper, we give an overview over the different techniques, show how their combination helps to gain deeper insight and look at different directions for further improvement. Two CFD simulations are used to illustrate the different techniques.
  • Information theory
  • unsteady data


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