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An Information-Theoretic View of Visual Analytics

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1 Author(s)
Chen, C. ; Drexel Univ., Philadelphia

Visual analytics is an emerging discipline that helps connect dots. It facilitates analytical reasoning and decision making through integrated and highly interactive visualization of complex and dynamic data and situations. Solving mysteries is only part of the game. Visual analytics must augment analyst and decision-maker capabilities to assimilate complex situations and reach informed decisions. In information theory, the information value carried by a message is the difference in information entropy before and after receipt of the message. Information entropy is a macroscopic measure of uncertainty defined on a frequency or probability distribution. The information-theoretical approach attempts to quantify discrepancies of the information content of distributions.

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Computer Graphics and Applications, IEEE  (Volume:28 ,  Issue: 1 )

Date of Publication:

Jan.-Feb. 2008

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