Why Visualize? Arguments for Visual Support in Decision Making


Just like the numerous applications of visualization, there are plenty of theoretical arguments for why visualization can aid in knowledge generation and communication. Meanwhile, to date, these arguments have been presented independently, which hinders the exploitation of underlying properties of visualization in practice. We present a network of arguments that explicate not only how different arguments build on each other, but also which arguments demand for tradeoffs in the design of visualizations. Furthermore, we call for the extension of our network to the application of visualization in decision making, as well as visual analytics. We highlight the practical applicability of our theoretical approach with examples, including one from the text analysis.

IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications