Glyph (data visualization)

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Four-dimensional data visualization, using VisIt: in three-dimensional phase space a fourth scalar variable is visualized by use of coloured glyphs.

In the context of data visualization, a glyph is any marker, such as an arrow or similar marking, used to specify part of a scientific visualization. This is a representation to visualize data where the data set is presented as a collection of visual objects. These visual objects are collectively called Glyph

In the context of data visualization, a glyph is the visual representation of a piece of data where the attributes of a graphical entity are dictated by one or more attributes of a data record.

— Matthew O. Ward , Multivariate data glyphs: Principles and practice, In: Handbook of data visualization (2008), p.180.


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