A Language for Specifying Informational Graphics from First Principles

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A Language for Specifying Informational Graphics from First Principles

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dc.contributor.author Shieber, Stuart M. ORCID 0000-0002-7733-8195
dc.contributor.author Lucas, Wendy
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-21T14:39:44Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Shieber, Stuart M., and Wendy Lucas. 2007. A language for specifying informational graphics from first principles. In Software and Data Technologies Second International Conference; Revised Selected Papers/ ICSOFT/ENASE 2007, Barcelona, Spain, July 22 - 25, 2007, ed. Joaquim Filipe, 33-45. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-88655-6. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:4745847
dc.description.abstract Informational visualization tools, such as commercial charting packages, provide a standard set of visualizations for tabular data, including bar charts, scatter plots, pie charts, and the like. For some combinations of data and task, these are suitable visualizations. For others, however, novel visualizations over multiple variables would be preferred but are unavailable in the fixed list of standard options. To allow for these cases, we introduce a declarative language for specifying visualizations on the basis of the first principles on which (a subset of) informational graphics are built. The functionality we aim to provide with this language is presented by way of example, from simple scatter plots to versions of two quite famous visualizations: Minard’s depiction of troop strength during Napoleon’s march on Moscow and a map of the early ARPAnet from the ancient history of the Internet. Benefits of our approach include flexibility and expressiveness for specifying a range of visualizations that cannot be rendered with standard commercial systems. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Engineering and Applied Sciences en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Springer-Verlag en_US
dc.relation.isversionof doi:10.1007/978-3-540-88655-6 en_US
dash.license OAP
dc.subject visualization language en_US
dc.subject informational visualization en_US
dc.subject graph specification en_US
dc.subject charting en_US
dc.title A Language for Specifying Informational Graphics from First Principles en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Accepted Manuscript en_US
dc.relation.journal Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Software and Data Technologies (ICSOFT 2007), Barcelona, Spain en_US
dash.depositing.author Shieber, Stuart M.
dc.date.available 2011-03-21T14:39:44Z

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