Points of view: Integrating data

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Nature Methods
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Different analytical tasks require different visual representations.

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  1. Different representations for different data types.
    Figure 1: Different representations for different data types.

    (a) Heat map showing gene expression levels across time. (b) A network relationship of the gene products from a.

  2. Integrated views of data.
    Figure 2: Integrated views of data.

    (a) The complete expression profile for each node is displayed in the context of a network. (b) A network contains the expression values at one time point; users can interactively view time points in sequence. (c) Same as b, except all time points are presented simultaneously.


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  1. Nils Gehlenborg is a research associate at Harvard Medical School and the Broad Institute.

  2. Bang Wong is the creative director of the Broad Institute and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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