Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
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Multivariate Visualization Methods

  • Antony UnwinEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_241


Graphical displays of many variables


Multivariate datasets contain much information. One- and two-dimensional displays can reveal some of this, but complex pieces of information need more sophisticated displays that visualize several dimensions of the data simultaneously. Usually several displays are needed.

Historical Background

Graphical displays have been used for presenting and analysing data for many years. Playfair [10] produced some fine work over 200 years ago. Minard prepared what Tufte has called “the finest graphic ever drawn” in the middle of the nineteenth century, showing Napoleon’s advance on and retreat from Moscow, including information on the size of the army and the temperature at the time. Neugebaur introduced many innovative ideas in the 1920s and 1930s. Most of these graphics are primarily one- or two-dimensional. Techniques for displaying higher dimensional data have mainly been suggested more recently.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Augsburg UniversityAugsburgGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Hans Hinterberger
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  1. 1.Inst. of Scientific ComputingETH ZürichZurichSwitzerland