EventFlow: Visual Analysis of Temporal Event Sequences
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- We presented “Coping with Volume and Variety in Temporal Event Sequences: Strategies for Sharpening Analytic Focus” at the IEEE Vis Conference. Follow the link for slides and video.
- Summer 2016: Sana Graduated! Her project CoCo for Cohort Comparison, built on our experience with Eventflow. If you want to try Coco, ask Catherine for access.
- May 2016: we held a workshop on Temporal Event Sequence Analysis + EventFlow and Coco User Group Meeting, as part of the 2016 HCIL Annual Symposium in College Park.
- A summary of analysts’ strategies using EventFlow: Coping with Volume and Variety in Temporal Event Sequences: Strategies for Sharpening Analytic Focus.
- EventFlow is now available for Commercial Licensing (see below).
- Oracle produced a nice video highlighting our work.: January 2013.
EventFlow is a novel tool for event analytics.
It provides a way to:
- Visualize and review the data from individual records and their event sequences
- Search for temporal patterns of interest, using a powerful graphical interface
- Summarize all the event sequences, their timing and prevalence, and find anomalies
- Perform data transformations to reveal useful patterns that answer questions you have
- Select cohorts of interest for further studies
Other keywords: temporal analysis, time series, visual data mining, temporal visualization,
Eventflow has been used for medical research, log analysis, cybersecurity, sports analytics, learning analytics, incident management, workflow analysis, pharmacovigilance, epidemiology etc. The analysis of healthcare data has been our main focus in term of number of partners.
Medical researchers and hospitals have applied EventFlow to analyze treatment patterns and outcomes in Electronic Health Records or claims reports, while network security analysts have studied cyberattack patters and sports analysts have found novel approaches to studying games, overall team performance, and seasonal patterns. Education researchers and universities have used EventFlow to look at class enrollment sequences and student records. Applications for web log, sensor data, business processes, and financial transactions are also emerging markets.
If you are interested in how EventFlow is being used look at some of the case study reports in the Publications section, or take a look at the workshops from 2016; 2015; and 2014 which we ran in association with the Annual HCIL Symposium,
The HCIL’s ongoing work with temporal event records has produced powerful tools for analyzing and exploring patterns of point-based events: David Wang’s Lifelines2 introduced simple operators to manipulate and visualize colections of records. Krist Wongsuphasawat’s LifeFlow introduced a method for summarizing all patterns. Megan Monroe pushed the limits further with EventFlow, which now deals with interval events, for example, the 3-month interval during which patients took a medication. Interval-based events represent a fundamental increase in complexity at every level of the application. Megan also added a powerful graphical search and (along with other HCIL students) expanded the panoply of data manipulations tools available, leading to the development of strategies for dealing with data volume and diversity.
- Fan Du, PhD Candidate, Computer Science
- Catherine Plaisant, Research Scientist, UMIACS
- Ben Shneiderman, Professor, Computer Science
- Sana Malik, PhD, Computer Science
- Megan Monroe, PhD, Computer Science
- Christopher Imbriano, PhD Candidate, Computer Science
- Rongjian Lan, PhD Candidate, Computer Science
- Krist Wongsuphasawat PhD, Computer Science
We appreciate the collaboration of clinical researchers and epidemiologists at the US Army Pharmacovigilance Center, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, National Children Hospital, University of Florida, Washington Hospital Center, and many others.
We appreciate the partial support of Oracle Corporation and Adobe Corporation. Past funding was provided by the Center for Health-related Informatics and Bioimaging (CHIB) at the University of Maryland. EventFlow also builds on early work which was funded in part by NIH – National Cancer Institute grant RC1-CA147489 “Interactive Exploration of Temporal Patterns in Electronic Health Records” (for LifeLines2 and LifeFlow), and later by the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program and Pulse8.
|This video provides a good overview of how the EventFlow aggregation is constructed, and how the search and replace can be used to manipulate the data to answer questions ↓||Or take a look at the analysis of BASKETBALL
data: Basketball Play-by-play Analysis ↓
|The Offensive Rebounding of the Indiana Pacers ↓||Or see an older demo that starts with a different example (exploring patient paths after they enter the Emergency Room – e.g. looking for bounce back) ↓|
Want to use EventFlow?
- For non-commercial use: please contact email@example.com with a description of your project and organization and we will provide you with download information.
- For commercial use: EventFlow is available for licensing. To request a review copy of EventFlow and for more information about licensing please contact:
Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC)
2130 Mitchell Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301-405-3947 | Fax: 301-314-9502
- Not sure: contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please see the EventFlow Manual, which covers all the major features of EventFLow and includes a large number of detailed videos.
- Quick look at the simple EventFlow data format: see EventFlow data format section in the user manual.
- To generate datasets for testing, use the Dataset Generator.
- Suggestions for dealing with large datasets: Coping with Volume and Variety in Temporal Event Sequences: Strategies for Sharpening Analytic Focus.
- Users can participate in our workshops (2016; 2015; and 2014) to share their experiences using EventFlow, and ideas for potential improvements.
- Questions: email@example.com
[BEST REFERENCE] Simplification of temporal event sequences:
Megan Monroe, Rongjian Lan, Catherine Plaisant, Ben Shneiderman
Temporal Event Sequence Simplification
TVCG: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphic, 2013.
The EventFlow graphical query interface:
Megan Monroe, Rongjian Lan, Juan Morales del Olmo, Catherine Plaisant, Ben Shneiderman, Jeff Millstein
The Challenges of Specifying Intervals and Absences in Temporal Queries: A Graphical Language Approach.
CHI: In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2013.
Strategies used by analysts:
Fan Du, Ben Shneiderman, Catherine Plaisant, Sana Malik, Adam Perer
Coping with Volume and Variety in Temporal Event Sequences: Strategies for Sharpening Analytic Focus
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphic, 2016 .
Technical paper on temporal query processing algorithms
Megan Monroe, Amol Deshpande
An Integer Programming Approach to Temporal Pattern Matching Queries
SSTDM: In Proceedings of International Workshop on Spatial and Spatiotemporal Data Mining, 2013.
Examples of Use
A case study of our collaboration effort with the US Army Pharmacovigilance Center:
Megan Monroe, Tamra Meyer, Catherine Plaisant, Rongjian Lan, Krist Wongsuphasawat, Trinka Coster, Sigfried Gold, Jeff Millstein, Ben Shneiderman.
A Pilot Study of Asthma Medications in the Military Health System.
VAHC: In Proceedings of Workshop on Visual Analytics in HealthCare, 2013.
A detailed version of the above US Army case study (part of Book Chapter)
Catherine Plaisant, Megan Monroe, Tamra Meyer, Ben Shneiderman
Book Chapter in Big Data and Health Analytics, Marconi, K. and Lehman, H. (Eds), CRC Press – Taylor and Francis, pp 243-262, 2014.
Carter, E., Burd, R., Monroe, M., Plaisant, C., Shneiderman, B.
Using EventFlow to Analyze Task Performance During Trauma Resuscitation
In Proceedings of the Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare (WISH), 2013.
Prescriptions adherence analysis
Bjarnadottir, M., Malik, S., Onukwugha, E., Gooden, T., Plaisant, C. (October 2015)
Understanding Adherence and Prescription Patterns Using Large Scale Claims Data
PharmacoEconomics, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 169-179, 2016.
Health service utilization among cancer patients (part of Book Chapter)
Onukwugha, E., Plaisant, C., Shneiderman, B. (October 2015)
Data Visualization Tools for Investigating Health Services Utilization Among Cancer Patients
Book chapter in Hesse, B., Ahern, D., and Beckjord, E. (Eds.) Oncology Informatics, Elsevier, 2016 (to appear).
Workflow for pediatric asthma patients
Mustafa Ozkaynak, Oliwier Dziadkowiec, Rakesh Mistry, Tiffany Callahan, Ze He, Sara Deakyne, Eric Tham
Characterizing Workflow for Pediatric Asthma Patients in Emergency Departments Using Electronic Health Records
Journal of Biomedical Informatics, Volume 57, pp 386-398, 2015.
Presented at the EventEvent workshop at VIS 2016
The Event Quartet: How Visual Analytics Works for Temporal Data
Catherine Plaisant, Ben Shneiderman
The Diversity of Data and Tasks in Event Analytics (companion website with slides)
Late-breaking work on temporal event sequence overview simplification
Matthew Louis Mauriello, Ben Shneiderman, Fan Du, Sana Malik, Catherine Plaisant
Simplifying Overviews of Temporal Event Sequences (Best Paper Honorable Mention)
Early work on temporal event sequence search and replace
Rongjian Lan, Hanseung Lee, Megan Monroe, Allan Fong, Catherine Plaisant, Ben Shneiderman
Temporal Search and Replace: An Interactive Tool for the Analysis of Temporal Event Sequences
Early report on extending the Lifeflow overview visualization to handle interval data
Megan Monroe, Krist Wongsuphasawat, Catherine Plaisant, Ben Shneiderman, Jeff Millstein and Sigfried Gold
Exploring Point and Interval Event Patterns: Display Methods and Interactive Visual Query
Other publications written by our case study partners
E. Onukwugha, Y. Kwok, C. Yong, C. Mullins, B. Seal, A. Hussain
Variation in the length of radiation therapy among men diagnosed with Incident Metastatic Prostate Cancer”
ASTRO: Poster presented at the 2013 American Society for Radiation Oncology meeting.
General survey paper
Rind, A., Wang, T., Aigner, W., Miksch, S., Wongsuphasawat, K., Plaisant, C., Shneiderman, B.
Interactive Information Visualization for Exploring and Querying Electronic Health Records: A Systematic Review
Foundations and Trends in Human-Computer Interaction, Vol. 5, No. 3, 207-298, 2013.
Hunter Whitney, It’s About Time, UX Magazine, September 2014.
Products and papers stimulated by this work
Our original research on LifeFlow and EventFlow stimulated new work by other labs, such as:
- OutFlow and CareFlow at IBM.
- Visualizing Uncertain Critical Paths in Schedule Management, by Robert Gove, Brandon Herzog (see VAST 2013 Industry posters).
Related projects and events
- 2015 HCIL Workshop on Visualization of Temporal Patterns in EHR data:, in association with the Annual HCIL Symposium, May 28, 2015, College Park.
- Links of all HCIL Projects related to Temporal Visualization: LifeLines, LifeLines2, PatternFinder, LifeFlow, etc.
- (several years) Visual Analytics in Healthcare workshops at AMIA or IEEE Vis, with for example Ben Shneiderman’s keynote and 2 papers and demos in 2013.
- 2014 IEEE VIS Workshop on Visualization of EHR data, Paris, France, November 9, 2014.
- 2014 HCIL Workshop on Visualization of Temporal Patterns in EHR data:, in association with the Annual HCIL Symposium, May 29, 2014, College Park.
- 2013 HCIL EHR Informatics Workshop
- 2012 EventFlow User Group Meeting
- 2012 HCIL EHR Informatics Workshop 2012
- 2011 HCIL EHR Informatics Workshop
- 2008 HCIL Interactive Visual Exploration of Electronic Health Records
- 2004 HCIL Personal Medical Devices Workshop: Increasing Patient Healthcare Participation
- 1997 HCIL Visualizing Personal Histories Workshop
Presentations (list non updated)
The following slides provide an introduction to the motivation behind EventFlow, and a summary of its features.
A full description can be found in the tech report.
- Temporal Event Querying – Presented at CHI2013
- Dataset Simplification – Presented at MedStar 2/13
- Basketball Play-by-play Analysis – Presented at the 2013 HCIL Symposium