Excel charts vs “Visual 3D” & “Metric 3D”

The CIA Factbook is full of data in tables about the world. Below I downloaded CO2 emissions from 207 world regions and visualized them in Excel and with my prototype software.

Excel 3D Metrics

The added value is to be understood in an evolutionary context. First we put data into tables, then we learned to visualize them as curves which, as an image, immediately tell us more than a series of data.

Then spreadsheet programs like Excel perfected the process of visualizing data by offering different kinds of charts.

The value that the 3d metric approach adds, lies on the level of additional visual and metric information:

Excel 3D Metrics
Data points are connected into colourful curves Data points are connected such that Up lines are green and Down lines are red
Many data curves are presented as parallel curves Data curves are presented in their individual vertical frames
Data curves are superimposed in a 2D axis system Each vertical frame is positioned in a “visual 3D” space
Different types of charts offer different kinds of “visual effects” The presentation in “visual 3D” offers additional “metric values” or “quantifiers” that serve as indicators of different kinds of correlations
Quantifications are provided by axis labels Metric values and quantifiers need to be programmed for individual applications to customise frame values and tailor axis labels

Additional visual and metric information provided by 3d metric screens:

  • the height of individual frames
  • the width of individual frames
  • the diagonal distances between frames
  • the slope and shape of the line that the bottom right corners of the frames create
  • scope for further quantifications through other parameters.
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Complex Data in Vertical Layers and “Visual 3D”

Excel 3D Metrics

This collection of visualizations is meant to illustrate the untapped power of 3d metric algorithms to turn dimensions, parameters or variables into vertical layers.

By juxtaposing the same data in Excel graphs and 3d metric screenshots, more can be seen:

  • new visual comparisons
  • surprising perspectives
  • interesting correlations.

This leads to new insights, new understanding and new intelligence.

The challenge lies in data experts adding the verbal interpretations into menus for less trained users to process the new data visualizations.

These time series have been taken from the Interactive Statistics site of the Bank of England, relating to public debt.

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Towards the Fourth Paradigm

A Deluge of Data Shapes a New Era in Computing

This is the title of an article in the New York Times. It describes admirably the ‘problem’ that my software methods can help to ‘solve’. The article is actually the review of a book called The Fourth Paradigm.

The late Microsoft researcher Dr. Jim Gray said in a speech in January 2007 that the only way to cope with an “exaflood” of observational data was “to manage, visualize and analyse the data flood”. Well, my approach to visualizing multi-dimensional data offers exactly that!

Similarly, Dr. Eric Horvitz, an artificial intelligence researcher for Microsoft says: “My goal now is to develop a new kind of telescope or microscope.” Well, my “software lenses” are exactly that!

Offering a new instrument of observation means increasing our intelligence. Let’s hope that 2010 will be the year in which my three software methods will see the “online light” of a web service.

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Innovation Village at Photonics Europe

Today I got the email that accepted my submission to the competition to participate in the Innovation Village of SPIE Photonics Europe.

I consider it “interesting PR” or “PR with a difference”.

Here’s the document that I submitted: Innovation Village

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A new era for 3D Metrics

Moving on from the general basic research, where the Director General of CERN suggested that I’m competing with them, I’m now working on a specific solution for one particular company.

This company produces imaging technology that is capable of identifying cells but not tissues. So, instead of RE-visualising their images, we are now going to produce image SEPARATIONS for each tissue.

Live, learn and change your approach – according to the people who come across your way!

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Competing for funding innovation

Is it getting more exciting or more boring as I fill in yet a few more forms thinking along other people’s templates?

I’ve submitted my application to

  • the MoD’s call on Automated Imagery Exploitation: An Innovative Approach to Automating Image / Video Processing – the Visualisation of Data and Re-Visualisation of Images as Proof of Concepts and Principles

I’ve registered two intentions to submit to the Technology Strategy Board:

  • Testing the feasibility of online image analysis as a new research method and non-destructive testing procedure
  • Using a Web Service for a Generic Approach to Multi-Dimensional Data Visualization as the Basis for Digital Image Re-Visualization and Analysis

I’m applying to the Start-Up Challenge of Amazon Web Services.

I’m applyting to FutureLab’s call for meaningful games.

I’m working on a German funding scheme with the Zukunftsagentur.

Don’t tell me capitalism is working for inventors or innovators! But who said that life would be rose garden???

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English and German Galleries of re-visualizations

Progress of my work always takes place either via my own insights into the use of my prototype software, or via turning more of my software concepts into functional code.

www.3dm-images.net contains some 120 original images with their “3dm re-visualizations” to illustrate the step that is necessary before quantifications can be made.

www.3dm-bilder.net is the German equivalent, but with completely different content.

Both sites require user registration. Please send an email to sabine at 3d-metrics.com if you want to contribute or have any questions.

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