Concept-based user interfaces
Marchin, George L. Division of Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.
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Computational researchers have found that scientists often conceptualize their problems and theories in graphical form. From using pen and paper to computer-based drawings, scientists construct diagrams and pictures to convey complex scientific concepts, theories, and processes (Fig. 1). Despite differences in symbols, shapes, colors, fonts, and drawing styles, scientists are generally able to comprehend and interpret graphs and diagrams generated by others within the same field or discipline. Graphs and diagrams provide an intuitive, expressive, and universal visual language for scientists. Unfortunately, the graphs and diagrams that scientists develop through typical means are generally static drawings that are not amenable to computation or computational analysis.
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