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A graphical notation for the design of information visualisations

Abstract
Visualisations are coherent, graphical expressions of complex information that enhance people’s ability to communicate and reason about that information. Yet despite the importance of visualisations in helping people to understand and solve a wide variety of problems, there is a dearth of formal tools and methods for discussing, describing and designing them. Although simple visualisations, such as bar charts and scatterplots, are easily produced by modern interactive software, novel visualisations of multivariate, multirelational data must be expressed in a programming language. The Relational Visualisation Notation is a new, graphical language for designing such highly expressive visualisations that does not use programming constructs. Instead, the notation is based on relational algebra, which is widely used in database query languages, and it is supported by a suite of direct manipulation tools. This article presents the notation and examines the designs of some interesting visualisations.
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Working Paper
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Computer Science Working Papers
Citation
Humphrey, M.C. (1997). A graphical notation for the design of information visualisations . (Working paper 97/05). Hamilton, New Zealand: University of Waikato, Department of Computer Science.
Date
1997-02
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Department of Computer Science, University of Waik
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