Patent Number: 7,043,702

Title: Method for visualizing user path through a web site and a path's associated information scent

Abstract: A method and system for visualizing actual and predicted usage patterns through a web site is provided. A plurality of web pages may be represented as a node and visualized on a dome tree. The dome tree is a three-dimensional image of a dome, with a portion of the outer wall removed, displayed on a two-dimensional monitor. Paths into and out of each node are displayed using a variety of colors and patterns and information relating to the nodes and paths may also be accessed. By designating a web page as the root node each of the associated pages are laid out within the dome tree radially based on actual usage information. Predicted information for each node is displayed as a bar near the node, thereby assisting a user in understanding the relationship between actual and predicted usage patterns.

Inventors: Chi; Ed H. (Palo Alto, CA), Pirolli; Peter L. T. (San Francisco, CA), Pitkow; James E. (San Francisco, CA)

Assignee: Xerox Corporation

International Classification: G06G 3/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/09/02018