Focusing and Linking

To display complicated information, like that contained in a big and complex data set, a common instinct is to draw a picture that is equally complicated, such as presenting the data as a tableau of Chernoff faces. Attempts at such dense encoding are seldom successful. It is usually more effective to construct a number of simple, easy to understand displays, each focused clearly on a particular aspect of the underlying data. Since each display window only conveys partial information about the data, information in multiple display windows in Argos and Panmo is linked together into a coherent image of the data as a whole with painting.