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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 1 edition (25 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201596261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201596267
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 1.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,867,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In a world awash with data there is an increasing need for effective methods of gaining insight into the underlying information. We need methods for visualizing information to support rapid learning and accurate decision making.
This is the first fully integrated book on the emerging discipline of information visualization. Its emphasis is on real-world examples and applications of computer-generated interactive information visualization. deals with the representation and presentation of concepts and data in a meaningful way. Depending on the medium used, information can be visualized in either traditional static form (e.g. a graph on a printed page) or the more recent and powerful interactive and dynamic forms that this book emphasizes.
This book is appropriate for students taking courses in information visualization, human-computer interaction, business information technology, and computer graphics. It is also appropriate for professionals in many areas- the Chief Executive Officer will be able to suggest ways of communicating ideas and concepts; decision makers will be exposed to new and potentially effective tools; investigative analysts, scientists and engineers will realize new ways of examining their data; and interaction designers will become familiar with the latest interactive visualization techniques.
· The first fully integrated full-colour text in this emerging field, using real-world examples and applications.
· The book stresses the new interactive and dynamic visualization techniques.
· Readers will learn how to display information to- pick out key information from large data streams; present ideas clearly and effectively; allow effective data exploration; and support effective decision making.
· The clear writing style makes this a widely accessible text.
Robert Spence is Professor of Information Engineering at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, where he has been involved in research in human-computer interaction for over 30 years. Much of this research has involved innovation in information visualization. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 July 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book serves as a good solid well thought out introduction to Information Visualisation. Not only does it describe techniques for visualising large/diverse/unstructured datasets, it also provides examples and explanations of why the techniques work.
For advanced readers in the field, it is thought provoking as it gathers together concepts that may not have been considered associated with one another.
Further the style, quality of images, print etc makes this a joy to read.
Altogether a very good book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jan. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Given how poor books in this area have been in the past it is a very pleasant surprise to have read this book and found it to be a well structured and well written description of the field. Well printed, with plenty of colour figures and good descriptions of goals and of methods and their flaws, it is easy to recommend this book to those interested in the background of the field, particularly to students.
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I am working on my masters dissertation on a topic related to InfoVis which is a new field for me. This book is the most useful text I read to understand what is information visualization and what techniques avaialable. It is well structured and informative. Sometimes I feel like I am in a one-to-one session with a private teacher. It is rich with examples and justification of each application of a visualization technique in a sepecific example which is important for any design/application study to choose the most suitable technique to the problem in hand. If you are new to this field, you will find yourself at the end of this book have a great knowledge which might be more than basis. To be honest, this book might be easy for someone who is an expert or working on more complicated project or algorithms studies. Finally, this book is highly recommended.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Read Tufte again instead 25 Sept. 2001
By Petter - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I'd really like to give the book one single star, the reason being that its title 'Information Visualization' puts greater demand on the way the book illustrates its concepts and thoughts. As the exhibits are often ugly, data-poor and most of the times situated on different pages than the text that refers to them (seems to me an absolute basic in this discipline), the reading of the book is not enjoyable but rather painful. Compare this to any of the works of Tufte.
The text is also not written with care (again, compare with Tufte), but instead in a (not very literate) over-scholarly fashion. Take, for example, this reference from page 146: "The World Wide Web is of enormous size and complexity (Bray, 1996)".
It gets a two-star rating because it actually compiles a number of computerized visualization models (when reading, skip the descriptions of the non-computerized - they lack analysis and insight) which can provide a starting point for further exploration of the field. However, I am in no way assured that this compilation is the best one, or even a very good one. I'll keep looking.
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Promises a lot- -doesn�t quite deliver 4 April 2003
By Erika Mitchell - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is an overview textbook of information visualization techniques. The first chapter is very enticing- -it describes many visualization problems, and provides some historical examples of specific visualization techniques of the past. The rest of the book takes up assorted topics such as representation, internal models, and connectivity, and provides some examples of visualization techniques. Unfortunately, the text is too concise to be used for independent study. I found myself puzzled over how to interpret most of the new visualization techniques. For most of the techniques, Spence provides little or no guidance about interpretation, and few suggestions about how to make effective use of the techniques. An instructor who is a specialist in the subject would presumably be able to provide the missing information, but readers who pick up this book on their own might not be able to gain the information they are seeking. The publisher has also developed a companion Website for the book, with exercises and answers, dynamic examples, and OHPs for classroom use. It would have been nice, however, to also provide the materials on a CD-ROM for users who do not have continuous broadband access to the Net.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
An easy and useful read for anybody who deals with data 28 Feb. 2001
By Clint Steele - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The book provides an overview of the methods and principles behind the presentation of information. I am not an expert in this area but I found that contents were easy to grasp and understand. This makes the book suitable for anybody who wants an easy to read introduction to the topic of information visualisation.
The book is written in in the first person and in such a way that it is in no way a task to read it and the extensive use of accompanying diagrams adds further to the ease of absorbing what is written. It is hard to imagine how you could not find at least one item that is of value or interest to you if you ever have to deal with data of some sort.
Chapter 9 provides many techniques to aid in the development of optimised reliable designs that would be found interesting by any design engineer. The examples that are used throughout the book are remarkably varied which as mentioned earlier would make this book interesting or of value to anybody who has to deal with data and its presentation.
1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
So clear! 12 Aug. 2001
By Matthew - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It's rare to read a technical book and come away thinking "But surely that's obvious!" That's how well Prof. Spence explains the subject matter and why this book is utterly indespensible (in my opinion). 5 stars!
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