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Parallel Coordinates

Visual Multidimensional Geometry and Its Applications

Parallel Coordinates by Alfred Inselberg
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The breakthrough idea of parallel coordinates has enchanted many people with its cleverness and power. Al Inselberg, the source of that cleverness and power, ?nally shares the depth and breadth of his invention in this historically important book. I’ve been waiting impatiently for this exposition since I was captivated by Inselberg’slectureattheUniversityofMarylandin1979.Hehadalreadyunderstood the potential parallel coordinates has for generating insights into high-dimensional analysis and information visualization. In the following decades he polished the arguments, built effective software, and demonstrated value in important appli- tions. Nowabroadcommunityofreaderscanbene?tfromhisinsightsandeffective presentation. I believe that Inselberg’s parallel coordinates is a transformational ideal that ´ matches the importance of Rene Descartes’ (1596–1650) invention of Cartesian coordinates. Just as Cartesian coordinates help us understand 2D and 3D geometry, parallel coordinates offer fresh ways of thinking about and proving theorems in higher-dimensional geometries. At the same time they will lead to more powerful tools for solving practical problems in a wide variety of applications. It is rare to encounter such a mind-shattering idea with such historic importance. While Inselberg’s insight and exposition opens the door to many discoveries, there is much work to be done for generations of mathematicians, computer sci- tists, programmers, and domain experts who will need to build on these innovative ideas.
Springer New York; August 2009
579 pages; ISBN 9780387686288
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Title: Parallel Coordinates
Author: Alfred Inselberg
 
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0387686282
9780387215075
9780387686288