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Visualizing Algorithms

June 26, 2014  |  Mike Bostock  |  Visualizing Algorithms
The power of the unaided mind is highly overrated… The real powers come from devising external aids that enhance cognitive abilities. —Donald Norman Algorithms are a fascinating use case for visualization.

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I don’t see or use a lot of complex math on a day to day basis…or at least I thought so. Algorithms are funny because they pop up in very unexpected places, at least to a layman like me.

This article, while long, is broken up by a lot of illustrations of how different algorithms process information. The visualization of the algorithms was clear and straight forward, showing not only the operation of the algorithms, but how their operations are harnessed. Being a lover of art, digital media and graphic design, I was hooked quickly with the early illustration of compressing Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night. After that, I was happy to see how many ways a random arrangement of elements can be arrived at.