Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Text Visualization

  • Haoda HuangEmail author
  • Benyu Zhang
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_425


Document visualization


Text visualization is a subarea of information visualization. The definition of information visualization is as follows: The use of computer-supported, interactive, visual representations of abstract data to amplify cognition [2]. Thus, the definition of text visualization is analogous: The use of computer-supported, interactive, visual representations of abstract text to amplify cognition. A more comprehensive and user-friendly definition is similar: The visual representation of text and its relationships.

Historical Background

In the early years, information such as texts and pictures were organized linearly: they were put in order and searched from beginning to end. But this is obviously not the most efficient way to organize information. It is well known that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” People like to see news along with pictures, music, and even videos, rather than see purely raw text. Various technologies are also developed to...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Microsoft Research AsiaBeijingChina

Section editors and affiliations

  • Zheng Chen
    • 1
  1. 1.Microsoft Research AsiaMicrosoft CorporationBeijingChina