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Brushing is the process of interactively selecting data items from a visual representation. The original intention of brushing is to highlight brushed data items in different views of a visualization.
a change in the encoding of one or more items essentially immediately following, and in response to, an interaction with another item.
[Spence, 2007]

see also: Linking and Brushing


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