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Computer systems and methods for the query and visualization of multidimensional databases

United States Patent

March 20, 2012
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In response to a user request, a computer generates a graphical user interface on a computer display. A schema information region of the graphical user interface includes multiple operand names, each operand name associated with one or more fields of a multi-dimensional database. A data visualization region of the graphical user interface includes multiple shelves. Upon detecting a user selection of the operand names and a user request to associate each user-selected operand name with a respective shelf in the data visualization region, the computer generates a visual table in the data visualization region in accordance with the associations between the operand names and the corresponding shelves. The visual table includes a plurality of panes, each pane having at least one axis defined based on data for the fields associated with a respective operand name.
Stolte; Chris (Palo Alto, CA), Tang; Diane L. (Palo Alto, CA), Hanrahan; Patrick (Portola Valley, CA)
Tableau Software, Inc. (Seattle, WA)
13/ 019,227
February 1, 2011
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.