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Title: Automatic design of graphical presentations

Research on the graphical presentation of relational information is described. Theoretical results about graphical languages and a program that incorporates these results are presented. According to the theory, a graphical language is a set of graphical sentences (such as bar charts, scatter plots, or connected graphs, each of which is a two-dimensional arrangement of pixel objects. These languages are evaluated on the basis of two graphic design criteria: expressiveness is an indication of the kinds of relational information that can be expressed in a language, and effectiveness deals with the relative desirability of sentences from alternative graphical languages. A composition algebra is also developed that can be used to systematically generate a wide variety of graphical languages from a small set of primitives. These theoretical results are incorporated into a graphical presentation program called APT (A Presentation Tool). APT is unique in that its designs are sensitive to both the structure of the information and the output medium.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5180790
Resource Type:
Thesis/Dissertation
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Thesis (Ph. D.)
Publisher:
Stanford Univ.,Stanford, CA
Research Org:
Stanford Univ., CA (USA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; COMPUTER GRAPHICS; PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES; ALGEBRA; AUTOMATION; COMPUTER CODES; DESIGN; GRAPHS; NATURAL LANGUAGE; MATHEMATICS 990210* -- Supercomputers-- (1987-1989)