Visualizing the central tendency of ensembles of shapes

Ismail Demir, Mihaela Jarmea, Rüdiger Westermann

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We propose a new approach for analyzing the central tendency (centrality) of an ensemble of shapes in 2D or 3D space. Our approach provides means to determine the most central shape from a given set of shapes, to quantify the region-wise centrality of the shapes, and to compute a locally most representative shape. Unlike previous approaches, which build upon binary functions or signed distance fields to locate domain points with respect to orientable shapes, we introduce a closest point representation for the analysis of ensembles of shapes. By using this representation, our approach can handle arbitrary non-parametric shapes regardless of dimension and orientability. Shapes are first converted into an implicit representation based on vectors to closest surface points, and the resulting directional distributions are then used to perform region-wise classifications. Shapes are either analyzed separately by evaluating the classifications over the shape, or additional fields are derived from these classifications, in which specific shapes like the locally best mean are given as level-sets. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach on synthetic and weather forecast ensembles in 2D and 3D.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSA 2016 - SIGGRAPH ASIA 2016 Symposium on Visualization
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450345477
StatePublished - 28 Nov 2016
Event2016 SIGGRAPH ASIA Symposium on Visualization, SA 2016 - Macau, China
Duration: 5 Dec 20168 Dec 2016

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NameSA 2016 - SIGGRAPH ASIA 2016 Symposium on Visualization


Conference2016 SIGGRAPH ASIA Symposium on Visualization, SA 2016


  • Closest point representation
  • Ensemble visualization
  • Statistical summaries


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