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Visualizing More Than Two Dimensions

Most common visualization techniques are based on one or two variables, but different techniques can be used to visualize higher dimensions. For instance, shadowing techniques may give depth to the display, adding a third axis, or the user may be able to rotate a multidimensional display, looking at it from different viewpoints. VIBE (Visual Information Browsing Environment), an experimental system, uses a different approach based on relative position of data objects with regard to a user-defined visualization space. The metaphor behind this system is a bookshelf, for example where books on geography may be stacked to the left, books on history to the right. A book on historical geography may then naturally be inserted in the middle.

Figure 1. VIBE display space with three POIs. Figure 1. VIBE display space with three POIs.

A VIBE display space is shown in the accompanying figure. It is defined by three POIs (Points Of...

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