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R: Intro

1. T. Munzner, "Visualization," Fundamentals of Computer Graphics, P. Shirley and S. Marschner, AK Peters, 2009, pp. 675-707.

This is a chapter written by Dr. Tamara Munzner (UBC, Canada) for the latest edition of the book "Fundamentals of Computer Graphics" by Peter Shirley. At the moment this is probably one of the best high-level summaries of the field, albeit with a slight and understandable infovis bias.

2. C. Stolte, D. Tang, and P. Hanrahan, "Polaris: a system for query, analysis, and visualization of multidimensional relational databases," IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 8, 2002, pp. 52-65.

Great paper integrating fundamental principles of graphics in a practical information visualisation system. Polaris was also the basis of Tableau, which we shall start working with later today.

Study the chapter and paper and then formulate at least one good question or comment for each. See the example questions. Create a subpage to this one, named yourfirstname-yourlastname, with your questions or comments. We will discuss both readings and all your comments right after everyone has finished.

Other interesting introductory papers
  • T. Munzner, "A Nested Process Model for Visualization Design and Validation," IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 15, 2009. - Some of this is also discussed on page 680-682 of the book chapter above, so pay double the amount of attention.
  • T. Munzner, "Process and Pitfalls in Writing Information Visualization Research Papers," Lecture Notes In Computer Science, 2008.