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Animated Transitions in Statistical Data Graphics
November/December 2007 (vol. 13 no. 6)
pp. 1240-1247
In this paper we investigate the effectiveness of animated transitions between common statistical data graphics such as bar charts, pie charts, and scatter plots. We extend theoretical models of data graphics to include such transitions, introducing a taxonomy of transition types. We then propose design principles for creating effective transitions and illustrate the application of these principles in DynaVis, a visualization system featuring animated data graphics. Two controlled experiments were conducted to assess the efficacy of various transition types, finding that animated transitions can significantly improve graphical perception.

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Index Terms:
Statistical data graphics, animation, transitions, information visualization, design, experiment
Jeffrey Heer, George Robertson, "Animated Transitions in Statistical Data Graphics," IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 13, no. 6, pp. 1240-1247, Nov.-Dec. 2007, doi:10.1109/TVCG.2007.70539
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