Verbal Versus Visual: A Word Is Worth a Thousand Pictures, Too
A picture is worth a thousand words, or so the saying goes. Pictures are indeed superior for conveying intuitive or global information. By contrast, they do a poor job of expressing abstract concepts and lack the accuracy that words are endowed with. Words, in a sense, are worth a thousand pictures. The choice between words and pictures, as any choice in professional communication, depends on the purpose: usually, a combination of both is most appropriate. This article compares words and pictures, offers recommendations for the optimal use of pictures, and applies these recommendations to the case of so-called “cruel” graphs.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: May 1, 2002
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