Value of Visualization – What is Visualization and Why do it: External representation – Interactivity – Difficulty in Validation. Data Abstraction: Dataset types – Attribute types – Semantics. Task Abstraction – Analyze, Produce, Search, Query. Four levels of validation – Validation approaches – Validation examples. Marks and Channels
Rules of thumb – Arrange tables: Categorical regions – Spatial axis orientation – Spatial layout density. Arrange spatial data: Geometry – Scalar fields – Vector fields – Tensor fields. Arrange networks and trees: Connections, Matrix views – Containment. Map color: Color theory, Color maps and other channels.
Manipulate view: Change view over time – Select elements – Changing viewpoint – Reducing attributes. Facet into multiple views: Juxtapose and Coordinate views – Partition into views – Static and Dynamic layers – Reduce items and attributes: Filter – Aggregate. Focus and context: Elide – Superimpose – Distort – Case studies.