Visual Analysis of Time-Dependent Multivariate Data from Dairy Farming Industry

Lorenzo Di Silvestro, Michael Burch, Margherita Caccamo, Daniel Weiskopf, Fabian Beck, Giovanni Gallo

Abstract

This paper addresses the problem of analyzing data collected by the dairy industry with the aim of optimizing the cattle-breeding management and maximizing profit in the production of milk. The amount of multivariate data from daily records constantly increases due to the employment of modern systems in farm management, requiring a method to show trends and insights in data for a rapid analysis. We have designed a visual analytics system to analyze time-varying data. Well-known visualization techniques for multivariate data are used next to novel methods that show the intrinsic multiple timeline nature of these data as well as the linear and cyclic time behavior. Seasonal and monthly effects on production of milk are displayed by aggregating data values on a cow-relative timeline. Basic statistics on data values are dynamically calculated and a density plot is used to quantify the reliability of a dataset. A qualitative expert user study conducted with animal researchers shows that the system is an important means to identify anomalies in data collected and to understand dominant data patterns, such as clusters of samples and outliers. The evaluation is complemented by a case study with two datasets from the field of dairy science.

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Di Silvestro L., Burch M., Caccamo M., Weiskopf D., Beck F. and Gallo G. (2014). Visual Analysis of Time-Dependent Multivariate Data from Dairy Farming Industry . In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information Visualization Theory and Applications - Volume 1: IVAPP, (VISIGRAPP 2014) ISBN 978-989-758-005-5, pages 99-106. DOI: 10.5220/0004652600990106


in Bibtex Style

@conference{ivapp14,
author={Lorenzo Di Silvestro and Michael Burch and Margherita Caccamo and Daniel Weiskopf and Fabian Beck and Giovanni Gallo},
title={Visual Analysis of Time-Dependent Multivariate Data from Dairy Farming Industry},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information Visualization Theory and Applications - Volume 1: IVAPP, (VISIGRAPP 2014)},
year={2014},
pages={99-106},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0004652600990106},
isbn={978-989-758-005-5},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information Visualization Theory and Applications - Volume 1: IVAPP, (VISIGRAPP 2014)
TI - Visual Analysis of Time-Dependent Multivariate Data from Dairy Farming Industry
SN - 978-989-758-005-5
AU - Di Silvestro L.
AU - Burch M.
AU - Caccamo M.
AU - Weiskopf D.
AU - Beck F.
AU - Gallo G.
PY - 2014
SP - 99
EP - 106
DO - 10.5220/0004652600990106