A method for forming a visual plot using a hierarchical structure of a dataset. The dataset comprises a measure and a dimension. The dimension consists of a plurality of levels. The plurality of levels form a dimension hierarchy. The visual plot is constructed based on a specification. A first level from the plurality of levels is represented by a first component of the visual plot. A second level from the plurality of levels is represented by a second component of the visual plot. The dataset is queried to retrieve data in accordance with the specification. The data includes all or a portion of the dimension and all or a portion of the measure. The visual plot is populated with the retrieved data in accordance with the specification.
This invention was supported in part by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ("Visualization of Complex Systems and Environments"), ARPA Order Number E269 as well as the Department of Energy ASCI Level 1 Alliance with Stanford University ("Center for Integrated Turbulence Simulation") contract LLL-B523583. The U.S. Government may have rights in this invention.