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Fundamentals of Computer Graphics, Fourth Edition, 4th Edition by Peter Shirley, Steve Marschner

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Chapter 26

Visualization

Tamara Munzner

A major application area of computer graphics is visualization, where computergenerated images are used to help people understand both spatial and nonspatial data. Visualization is used when the goal is to augment human capabilities in situations where the problem is not sufficiently well defined for a computer to handle algorithmically. If a totally automatic solution can completely replace human judgment, then visualization is not typically required. Visualization can be used to generate new hypotheses when exploring a completely unfamiliar dataset, to confirm existing hypotheses in a partially understood dataset, or to present information about a known dataset to another audience.

Visualization allows ...

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