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Toward a Perceptual Theory of Flow Visualization
March/April 2008 (vol. 28 no. 2)
pp. 6-11
Colin Ware, University of New Hampshire
Perceptual theory has much to tell us about effective flow visualization. Since visualization is a practical tool, a meaningful theory must be constructive–not just descriptive–leading to better data representations. The author contend that such a useful body of theory exists and though it might be incomplete it still can be useful. Major gaps in the theory provide promising avenues for future research in a multidisciplinary program that can benefit both the human perception field and the applied science of data visualization.

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Index Terms:
flow visualization, theory, visual patterns
Citation:
Colin Ware, "Toward a Perceptual Theory of Flow Visualization," IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 6-11, March-April 2008, doi:10.1109/MCG.2008.39
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