Ways of Visualizing Curves

Benjamin Bach, Qiuyuan Ren, Charles Perin, Pierre Dragicevic

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This paper reviews the many ways curves are used to encode data in information visualization. As part of our review, we introduce a curve-based visualization framework where data can be encoded in two major ways: i) through a curve’s shape (a process we call embedding) and ii) through a curve’s local visual attributes (a process we call enrichment). Our framework helps describing and organizing the rich design space of curve-based data visualizations, and offer inspiration for novel data visualizations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th Biennial Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference 2018
Place of PublicationEdinburgh, UK
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2018
EventThe Latent Image: Transimage 2018 - University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Apr 201820 Apr 2018


ConferenceThe Latent Image
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Visualization
  • trajectories
  • Time
  • survey


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