Using Visualization to Unlock Secrets in Big Data

In this age of big data, brilliant programmers who can write the best algorithms are worth their weight in gold. But there are other ways to exploit big data that don’t require high-paid programmers at all. For the folks at the University of Maryland’s Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, users who explore their own data using visualization tools and techniques can sometimes beat the best algorithms.
The ability to explore and discover new connections in large data sets is one of the most powerful and important capabilities that visualization techniques can give humans. Megan Monroe, a research associate at the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, uses an analogy to compare the use of data mining algorithms to data visualization.

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