Divining Insights: Visual Analytics Through Cartomancy

altCHI 2020, April 25–30, 2020, Honolulu, HI

Our interactions with data, visual analytics included, are increasingly shaped by automated or algorithmic systems. An open question is how to give analysts the tools to interpret these "automatic insights" while also inculcating critical engagement with algorithmic analysis. We present a system, Sortilège, that uses the metaphor of a Tarot card reading to provide an overview of automatically detected patterns in data in a way that is meant to encourage critique, reflection, and healthy skepticism.


Andrew McNutt


Anamaria Crisan, Michael Correll