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okay so here's a weird question. scott mccloud's "big triangle"— is there a general term for this kind of thing? a space with extremes where items in the space are annotated with illustrations/representations whose position in the space corresponds to the extent to which the properties at the extremes describe them?

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e.g., eadweard muybridge photo illustrations (if you unwrapped them into a single line) would be a one-dimensional example of this (where the dimension represents time); t-sne visualizations would be another example (where the dimensions don't have a set meaning) maybe even the periodic table of elements would qualify (though in that case the "representations" are just the names of the elements)

(the unifying characteristic here being that with any of these methods you could—at least conceptually—"interpolate" between two items in the space in order to invent/discover a new item at the point between them)

related, it looks like the only critical writing on animorphs comes in the form of pay-to-download "homework help" book reports

oh okay this is this is helpful (on the topic of visualization, not on the topic of critical writing on animorphs) still not exactly what I'm looking for though, oh well

@ansate ha, nice! actually what I'm looking for is the earliest known example of an illustration showing intermediate stages of transformation from one thing to another (when that transformation *isn't* time based, a la so really only the *covers* of animorphs are of particular interest at this point

@aparrish ah ha! These things tie together better with that context

@ansate hahaha there is some kind of logic to my intellectual careenings, I assure you! or at least I hope there is

@aparrish ? In more than three dimensions, i think you need the shape. But it has the propertty of giving you a space you can average or interpolate across.

@ansate oh that's close! hmm. maybe I'm just looking for a word for "scatter plots where the points are illustrations of the individual data"

@aparrish that one didnt come up as much in math classes 😊

I did a little playing in n-ingredient-space just to play with d3...

@aparrish @ansate color spaces are illustrated in this manner

People who study and work with color and images loooove to use specific terms for all kinds of specialized concepts and elements (pixels, gamuts, primaries, etc.), so I think if there was a word in English for “scatter plot where data points are illustrations” they would use it. Instead they call those color graphs, color space diagrams or color volumes.

@aparrish I don't know about a general multi-dimensional term, but ternary plots are quite diffuse, especially for representing percentage terns or phase states, there's even a dedicated python package
I'm not sure this is helpful for you though

@aparrish "metaphorical phase diagrams, an abstraction of categorical scatter plots" 😜