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Data Visualization: Introduction

What is Data Visualization?

Although data visualization has existed for decades, the invention of the modern field of data visualization is attributed to William Playfair. Over the last two centuries, and, particularly over the last several decades, with the invention of computers and the internet, data visualization has boomed.

Debate remains over what 'data visualization' is. Stephen Few, a leader in the field, defines it as 'the graphical display of abstract information for two purposes: sense making (also called data analysis) and communication. Important stories live in our data and data visualization is a powerful means to discover and understand these stories, and then to present them to others.'

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