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Visualization of Multivariate Data --- Inventor: Eliot Feibush

The invention is a process for displaying multivariate data while eliminating ambiguity.  It clarifies and shows more dimensions of data than existing methods such as scatter plots and icon plots where multiple samples can occupy the same location in a drawing.  The display technique is not affected by the sequential order of the data.  The invented process solves these problems by mapping the sample totals of trivariate data to the vertical axis of 3-D variable poles (VarPoles).  All the data can then be represented simultaneously in one diagram.  The fourth and fifth variables are represented by the length of color-coded crossbars along the VarPole.


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