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Issue No.02 - March/April (2009 vol.29)
pp: 14-17
Remco Chang , University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Caroline Ziemkiewicz , University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Tera Marie Green , Simon Fraser University
William Ribarsky , University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Many have proposed that the goal of visualization is insight. However, few rigorous definitions of insight exist in the visualization community, and none have been commonly accepted. We propose that two types of insight are relevant to the visualization community. We examine the definition of insight cognitive scientists use (spontaneous insight) and compare it with the definitions the visualization community uses (knowledge-building insight). The two, although distinct, are related and contribute toward each other. Only by understanding how the two types differ and interact with each other can the visualization community accurately measure insight and determine the effectiveness of visualizations.
visual analytics, insight, visualization
Remco Chang, Caroline Ziemkiewicz, Tera Marie Green, William Ribarsky, "Defining Insight for Visual Analytics", IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol.29, no. 2, pp. 14-17, March/April 2009, doi:10.1109/MCG.2009.22
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