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User interface for data visualization

The user interface for visualizing data is composed of different zones:

Graphica User Interface Overview

1. Tabs

From this section you can create new views and reorder tabs by drag and drop.

By right-clicking on the tab you can duplicate, delete or rename it.

2. Variable container

This area of the interface displays the variables of your dataset. By drag and drop you can link each variable to the visual property (zone 3) of your choice.

In addition to the list of variables in the dataset, special variables computed by Scimago Graphica are added: Allows to calculate and display clusters when linked to a visual property. It represents the count or number of times a category occurs in the data. If we select the bar as the type of mark and link a categorical variable to an axis, by linking this special variable to the other axis, the length of the bars will correspond to the frequency or count.

In network data structures, the following special variables are also added to the list: The number of vertices linked to each vertex. The number of edges which are coming into each vertex. The number of edges re going out from each vertex.

3. Visual properties

This area includes all the visual properties through which the different variables can be encoded graphically. For example, if you want to display the different values of a variable by colors, just drag and drop the variable to the color shelf.

Once you have linked a variable to a visual property, to access its specific settings just click on the variable's box, and a menu with all the options will be displayed.

Specific options menu

A variable can be removed from a shelf with the right-click menu.

When it is not feasible to link a variable to a visual property, the variable's box will appear in red, and a tooltip with the explanation will appear hovering over the box.

4. View

In this central area you can see the displayed data.

To resize the view just click on the sides or on the corner and drag it.

By right-clicking on titles or labels, you can edit them or set an alias. You can also add and edit interactive annotations by right-clicking on the symbols or marks of your chart.

5. Right sidebar

This sidebar contains all the general settings of your chart.

For example, from this sidebar you can change the type of symbols or marks to be used (bars, lines, areas…), their color, opacity, borders, etc.

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