Our app supports decisions made on 500-1000 research proposals for our telescopes. The proposals have a lot of dimensions, so the users would like to be able to explore similar proposals. ("Proposals that don't need a laser guide star and involve 'targets of opportunity'")
Our current UI does this with a tabbed box that has two rows of checkboxes marked "Exclude" and "Only." This wouldn't be terrible, but for the fact that some categories are binary and some have enumerations (e.g., the need for a laser guide star is a yes/no, but there are several flavors of target of opportunity). The end result is a UI that only George Boole could love.
I've tried to do some sketches taking the periodic table as inspiration, but the element count is high and the number of dimensions seems too big -- I can't fit hundreds of tiles big enough to show ~10 characteristics on a display.
Any thoughts on inspirations or "just" well-implemented UXs in a similar vein?