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Inge Appelgryn

"We began this article with a statement that Infovis systems appear to have two different fundamental components: representation and

interaction. Through our work and analysis, however, we came to aconclusion that maybe it is not so easy to separate the two. On the

one hand, some may argue that interaction is all about representation in that it plays a role merely as an operator that changes

representation. Without interaction, however, representation is no more than a static image. By supporting further exploration of data

items, interaction enables users to have multiple perspectives and gain insight on the data set."


I completely agree that Interaction increases conceptualization of visualizations and reduces cognitive burden, in that it enables you to communicate with a visualization and allows your "users intent" to help you understand. I agree that interaction enriches visualizations and how it deserves a high level of attention for the enhancement of mere static representations, especially with regards to the categories based upon what users want to see. - I'm struggling to construct my sentenses today, but it seems obvious that the more the user is involved in the information, the better his / her understanding would be, and the more options for functionality, the more users would find "aanvang" to that specific data piece.