“Fundamentals of Visual Analytics” by Ebert, Maciejewski, Koch, Thomas, Keim, et al. …

  • ©David S. Ebert, Ross Maciejewski, Steffen Koch, Jim Thomas, Daniel Keim, and Barbara Gans Tversky


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    Fundamentals of Visual Analytics

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    For centuries, we have been improving our ability to collect and organize data, and this process is accelerating at an unprecedented rate. Unfortunately, our ability to analyze and generate information and knowledge from the data has not kept pace with their expanding volume. Over the past 30 years, the fields of visualization and information visualization have developed to help solve this problem. These active areas of research have led to development of helpful tools for decision makers, business operators, scientists, and engineers. However, gaining insight, supporting analysis, and making decisions based on these massive, disparate, uncertain, and rapidly evolving datasets requires more than just data visualization. So a new discipline has emerged. Visual analytics is the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive visual interfaces. This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of visual analytics, describes its core components, and summarizes the field’s grand challenges.