This is one book that can genuinely be said to be straight from the horse’s mouth. Written by the originator of the technique, it examines parallel coordinates as the leading methodology for multidimensional visualization. Starting from geometric foundations, this is the first systematic and rigorous exposition of the methodology's mathematical and algorithmic components. It covers, among many others, the visualization of multidimensional lines, minimum distances, planes, hyperplanes, and clusters of "near" planes. The last chapter explains in a non-technical way the methodology's application to visual and automatic data mining. The principles of the latter, along with guidelines, strategies and algorithms are illustrated in detail on real high-dimensional datasets.
Springer New York
; August 2009
579 pages; ISBN 9780387686288Read online
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Title: Parallel Coordinates
Author: Alfred Inselberg
Foreword.- Preface.- Introduction.- Geometry Background.- The Plane with Parallel Coordinates.- Multidimensional Lines.- Hyperplanes and p-Flats RN.- Envelopes.- Curves.- Proximity of Lines, Planes, and Flats.- Hypersurfaces in RN.- Data Mining and Other Applications.- Recent Results.- Solutions to Selected Exercises.- Notation and List of Symbols.- Bibliography.- Index.
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From the reviews:
—Stephen Hawking, Cambridge University
Parallel coordinates provide a means of visualizing geometric objects in many dimensions. They are particularly useful for displaying multivariate data and supporting multivariate analysis… This book is written as a textbook designed for use in a one semester course in applied mathematics or computer science... There are several applications discussed in the book. These include an extended example in air traffic control and collision avoidance, (where Inselberg’s methods are used to display multiple flight trajectories), geometric modeling, computer vision, process control, statistics, automatic classification, and decision support. Inselberg is a very enthusiastic advocate of his methods and he has written a big book, bursting with ideas … . Prerequisites for the book include some familiarity with linear algebra, a bit of basic multivariable calculus, and willingness to work through extended geometrical arguments.
The book is very attractive visually, with enjoyable prose, rare historical references and splendid organization like the "fast track" and Interactive Learning Module (ILM).
Parallel Coordinates is the first in-depth, comprehensive book describing a geometrically beautiful and practically powerful approach to multidimensional data analysis. I can highly recommend this book to everyone concerned with data analysis and visualization problems.
The book is delightful.
—Bernd Hamann, Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Davis
For me the parallel coordinates method was only a visualization and presentation tool, with no impact on data understanding... Now this book, from the very same parallel coordinates inventor, has changed everything. Now I see how the method's solid geometric
foundation makes it both an ideal tool to understand high dimensional datasets and a source of novel ideas even for fields far from data analysis....there are few visualization techniques with so solid geometrical and mathematical foundations like parallel coordinates and
the book provides plenty of support to a broad spectrum of readers, from
the results-inclined analyst to the more theory-captivated academician.
—Ing. Mario Valle , Data Analysis and Visualization Group , Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS)
"This text provides a detailed mathematical treatment of parallel-coordinate geometry for mathematics students and similar readers, and the ... chapters are a course in parallel-coordinate geometry, as developed by Inselberg and his collaborators." (John Wilson, Engineering & Technology, February, 2010)