Browser Big Data Visualizer

Problem Statement

  • Handling and Processing Food Images: One of the main challenges was efficiently processing and visualizing a large number of food images. The team needed to ensure the visualizer could handle the complexities associated with image data, including storage, retrieval, and manipulation.
  • Dimensionality Reduction and Visualization: With a high-dimensional dataset, it was necessary to reduce the dimensionality for effective visualization. The team faced the challenge of implementing dimensionality reduction techniques to transform the image embeddings into a 2-dimensional space for visualization purposes.
  • Image Clustering and Classification: To provide users with meaningful insights, the team needed to cluster the food images based on their features and classify them according to their type. This required the integration of clustering algorithms to identify patterns and similarities within the dataset.

Solution Overview

  • Data Storage and Access: The food images were stored in an Amazon S3 bucket, leveraging AWS services for secure and scalable storage. The images were accessed through an EC2 instance using a Python Flask API, allowing users to retrieve and interact with the data.
  • Embedding Creation: The team generated embeddings for the food images, capturing their unique features. These embeddings represented each image as a high-dimensional numerical vector, facilitating further analysis and visualization.
  • Dimensionality Reduction and Visualization: The team utilized Principal Component Analysis (PCA) to reduce the dimensionality of the image embeddings to 2. This transformation allowed for effective visualization of the images on a browser. Holoviz and Datashader libraries were employed to create interactive and visually appealing plots, providing users with an intuitive representation of the image clusters.
  • Image Clustering and Classification: Leveraging the reduced-dimensional embeddings, the team applied clustering algorithms to group similar food images together. This allowed users to identify clusters of related images based on their visual features. The visualizer also provided classification labels for each cluster, indicating the type of food represented.
  • Additional Features: The team implemented two additional features to enhance user experience. Firstly, the visualizer showcased the actual food images on hover, allowing users to view the images directly in the browser. Secondly, a feature was included to remove blurry images from the dataset, improving the overall quality of the visualizations.

Tech Stack leveraged

This case study presents the development and deployment of a browser-based visualizer designed to visualize and analyze food images using Python.

The primary objective was to create a browser-based visualizer capable of handling a large volume of food images efficiently. The visualizer needed to provide users with an intuitive and interactive interface to explore and analyze the images in real-time. To achieve this, the project team incorporated various technologies, including AWS services, Python Flask API, dimensionality reduction techniques, and specialized visualization libraries.

Benefits Delivered

The successful implementation of BBDV resulted in several notable benefits:

  • Efficient Visualization and Analysis: The browser-based visualizer provided users with an intuitive and interactive platform to explore and analyze a large volume of food images. The reduced-dimensional representations enabled efficient rendering and manipulation of the visualizations.
  • Enhanced Insights: By clustering and classifying food images, BBDV allowed users to identify patterns, similarities, and differences within the dataset. This provided valuable insights for various applications, such as food categorization, recipe recommendation, and dietary analysis.
  • Improved User Experience: The inclusion of image hover functionality allowed users to view images directly, enhancing their understanding and engagement with the data. Additionally, the option to remove blurry images improved the accuracy and quality of the visualizations.
  • Scalability and Accessibility: Deployment on an EC2 instance, combined with AWS services, ensured scalability and accessibility of the visualizer. Users could access the tool from any browser, making it convenient for individuals and organizations to explore and analyze food image datasets.


The project successfully addressed the challenges associated with visualizing and analyzing a large volume of food images. By leveraging AWS services, dimensionality reduction techniques, specialized visualization libraries, and additional features such as image hover and image quality control, the project team achieved an efficient, interactive, and intuitive browser-based visualizer. This case study demonstrates the power of integrating cutting-edge technologies to enable effective exploration and analysis of big data, specifically focusing on food image datasets.