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Understanding Data Visualization

Abstract

Created in 2007, D3.js is a powerful charting library best used for complex and nonstandard data visualizations. Thus, before we get into the fine details of how to use D3.js for data visualization, we need to talk about the basics: how to learn to 'see' data, how to transform data into a visual, and what is best suited for the human eye.

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  • Data Visualization
  • Interactive Visualization
  • Music Player
  • Visual Metaphor
  • Document Object Model

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Amr, T., Stamboliyska, R. (2016). Understanding Data Visualization. In: Practical D3.js. Apress, Berkeley, CA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-1928-7_1

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