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Explanatory visualizationData visualizations that are used totransmit information or a point ofview from the designer to thereader. Explanatory visualizationstypically have a specific “story” orinformation that they are intendedto transmit.Exploratory visualizationData visualizations that are used bythe designer for self-informativepurposes to discoverpatterns, trends, or sub-problemsin a dataset. Exploratoryvisualizations typically don’t havean already-known story.
Data sketches [ Amanda Cox, New York Times ]
Infographics ≠(Exploratory) Visualisation
Expressions of Structure
Hierarchical data and treemaps - medalsPivot tables
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Network structure Node and edges All nodes the same sort of thing Edges may be directed or undirected Edges may be weighted Bipartite graph – two sorts of nodes Can collapse a bipartite graph to get a new view over the data