• Leland Wilkinson
Part of the Statistics and Computing book series (SCO)


The term aesthetics derives from the Greek αίσθησις ς, which means perception. The derivative modern meanings of beauty, taste, and artistic criteria arose in the 18th century. I have chosen the name Aesthetics to describe an object in our graphical system because of its original connotations and because the modern word perception is subjective rather than objective; perception refers to the perceiver rather than the object. Aesthetics turn graphs into graphics so that they are perceivable, but they are not the perceptions themselves. A modern psychologist would most likely call aesthetics in this sense stimuli, aspects, or features, but these words are less precise for our purposes.


Attribute Function Categorical Scale Voronoi Tessellation Voice Onset Time Aesthetic Attribute 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Leland Wilkinson
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  1. 1.SPSS Inc.ChicagoUSA

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