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Author(s) :


Trickett, S. B., Fu, W., Schunn, C. D., & Trafton, J. G.

Date of Publication :



Article Title :


From dipsy-doodles to streaming motions: Changes in representation in the analysis of visual scientific data

Editor(s) :


L. R. Gleitman & K. J. Aravind

Editor Role :



Title of the Conference :


Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

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Place of Publication :


Mahwah, NJ

Publisher Name :


Laurence Erlbaum Associates

Abstract :


This paper investigates the change in scientists' representation

of phenomena of interest during the exploratory

analysis of visual data. The scientists initially represented

expected findings in formal, scientific terms, whereas they

represented anomalies in informal terms. Over time, these

representations shifted from informal to formal. We propose

that this shift in representation is the result of an increased

understanding of the individual phenomena, rather

than of greater understanding of the data at a global level.

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