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Eye tracking scanpaths contain information about how people see, but traditional tangled, overlapping scanpath representations provide little insight about scanning strategies. The present work describes and extends several compact visual scanpath representations
that can provide additional insight about individual and aggregate/multiple scanning strategies. Three categories of representations are introduced: (1) Scaled traces are small images of scanpaths as connected saccades, allowing the comparison of relative fixation densities and distributions of saccades. (2) Time expansions, substituting ordinal position for either the scanpath’s x or y-coordinates, can uncover otherwise subtle horizontal or vertical reversals in visual scanning. (3) Radial plots represent scanpaths as a set of radial arms about an origin, with each arm representing saccade counts or lengths within a binned set of absolute or relative angles. Radial plots can convey useful shape characteristics of scanpaths, and can provide a basis for new metrics. Nine different prototype scanning strategies were represented by these plots, then heuristics were developed to classify the major strategies. The heuristics were subsequently applied to real scanpath data, to identify strategy trends. Future work will further automate the identification of scanning strategies to provide researchers with a tool to uncover and diagnosescanning-related challenges.