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A visualization is considered to be expressive if the relevant information of a dataset (and only this) is expressed by the visualization. The term "relevant" implies that expressiveness of a visualization can only be assessed regarding a particular user working with the visual representation to achieve certain goals.

see also: Effectiveness, Appropriateness


  • [Schumann and Müller, 2000] Heidrun Schumann and Wolfgang Müller, Visualisierung - Grundlagen und allgemeine Methoden. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2000.
  • [Tominski, 2006] Christian Tominski, Event-Based Visualization for User-Centered Visual Analysis, PhD Thesis, Institute for Computer Science, Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Rostock, forthcoming 2006.