A pattern identification approach to cartographic visualization

A. M. Maceachren, J. H. Ganter

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A model is proposed for cartographic visualization that stresses the role of maps in data exploration. Emphasis is on the potential for maps to stimulate scientific insight by facilitating the discovery of patterns and relationships in spatial data. Following from this pattern identification model for cartographic visualization some perspectives are offered on the design of cartographic visualization tools to facilitate pattern identification. Attention to visualization quality is considered as a key component in the successful development of such tools. In conclusion, the relationship between visualization tools used to foster scientific insight and those developed for other applications such as urban planning or navigation is considered. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-81
Number of pages18
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Earth-Surface Processes


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