Animation of text compression algorithms
Thesis DisciplineComputer Science
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Science
It has been said that, there is no particular mystery in animation ... it's very simple and like anything that is simple, it is about the hardest thing in the world to do. Text compression is about finding ways of representing text with the smallest amount of data such that it can be restored to its original state. Text compression algorithms are abstract concepts and bringing them into the visual domain is difficult but the effort can bring insight both to the student and to the researcher. This thesis presents some animations of text compression methods and observations about producing good educational and research animations. Several algorithm animation systems were used in the animation production and it was found that although there are several good animation systems fulfilling different functions, little is known about what makes good algorithms animation. A better way of defining animations and some practical principles for animation that were discovered while producing these animations are discussed.