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Open Access Dissertation
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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Other Computer Sciences
Although data visualizations have been around for centuries and are encountered frequently by the general public, existing evidence suggests that a significant portion of people have difficulty understanding and interpreting them. It might not seem like a big problem when a reader misreads a weather map and finds themselves without an umbrella in a rainstorm, but for those who lack the means, experience, or ability to make sense of data, misreading a data visualization concerning public health and safety could be a matter of life and death. However, figuring out how to make visualizations truly usable for a diverse audience remains difficult. In my thesis, I examined three areas where altering current practices may help make data visualizations more understandable and impactful in the future.
Burns, Alyxander, "Communicative Information Visualizations: How to make data more understandable by the general public" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations. 2600.
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