Category Archives: Data Visualization

Word Stems Visualized

In this blog there have been many posts of words visualized where differences are accentuated and encoded using bold, italics, underlines, etc. But what if you want to visualize the similarities? Stemming is a basic task in a lot of … Continue reading

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Why history matters in data visualization

In any thesis or academic peer-reviewed paper, positioning your work in context of prior research is paramount to show your unique contribution and how your work “stands on the shoulders of giants”[ref]. My recent PhD thesis goes beyond the typical … Continue reading

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Microtext Line Charts: Sample Code

I’ve presented Microtext Line Charts a number of times. There is a lot of interest and a lot of questions. Questions are generally two flavors. How do you implement this? What happens if: there are more data points in the … Continue reading

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Successful PhD Defense!

I recently successfully defended my PhD. Yay! It was almost 3 hours, as there were many questions. There have since been many congratulations and questions from others.  The most common question is: How did you complete a part-time PhD in … Continue reading

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Building a Better Table of Contents

As I near the completion of my thesis, I find it challenging to navigate through 250 pages of prose and remember where certain arguments or certain pieces of evidence are located; or challenging to get a broad overview of the … Continue reading

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Color in Text Visualization

Highlighting text via bold or italic is less noticeable than color. There is an incredibly long history of the use of color in a continuum from medieval times to present. From a visualization perspective, color is scoped to the level of words, … Continue reading

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Text Visualization and Code Editors

Long before I started investigating typographic attributes for data visualization, Aaron Marcus and Ron Baecker were doing the same thing for software code. Back in the mid 1980s there weren’t integrated development environments, no integrated debugging tools and so on. … Continue reading

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