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Encyclopedia of Big Data

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  • Xiaogang MaAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, University of Idaho Email author 


Data visualization; Information visualization; Visual representation


People use visualization for information communication. Data visualization is the study of creating visual representations of data, which bears two levels of meaning: the first is to make information visible and the second is to make it obvious for understand. Visualization is a pervasive existence in the data life cycle and recent trends is to promote the use of visualization in data analysis rather than use it only as a way to present the result. Community standards and open source libraries set the foundation for visualization of Big Data, and domain expertise and creative ideas are needed to put standards into innovative applications.

Visualization and Data Visualization

Visualization, in its literal meaning, is the procedure to form a mental picture of something that is not present to the sight (Cohen et al. 2002). People can also illustrate such kind of mental pictures by using various visible m ...

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