visualization: study evolution

study evolution

Visualization depicting the growth and progress, from start to finish, of a research study, represented by the files that it generates.

This visualization depicts the directory contents for a study that lasted from ~January 2012 - January 2016, the time at which it was ultimately accepted for publication (more info on the study).

Each dot represents a particular file in the study directory. The files are color-coded according to the category they belong to, and ordered by their creation date (oldest-to-newest; left-to-right, top-to-bottom).

By January 2016, there were over 9 million files in the directory, many of them verbose output logs and other unused ancillary items. To better highlight the relevant content, the full directory contents were filtered to isolate file types representing the unique stages of a study's evolution.

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