IEEE Visualization '97


Tuesday, October 21, 7:30 pm (VizLies '97)
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How to Lie and Confuse with Visualization

People have lied with statistics and maps for years. Now it's time to look again into lying and confusing in the field of visualization. Your once-a-year big chance to do just that, in the open, will be in this special party session on Tuesday, October 21, 1997 at 7:30 PM. You are invited to bring with you visualization lies and confusing articles, yours or others, on 35 mm slides or video. During this evening, it will be allowed to lie and confuse, but not to take credit for the work of others *, so please do not forget to mention the producers' names. After the informal presentations and truthful debates, the audience will choose the biggest (visualization) lie for 1997. When the evening is over, lying will be outlawed again (for another year). Quite seriously, we hope that by presenting common and uncommon errors occurring in the visual presentation of information, all of us in the visualization community will benefit, or at least have a good laugh at the expense of others.

Reservations and advance submissions are now being accepted. Please send them to: Nahum Gershon, The MITRE Corporation, 1820 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean, VA, 22102-3481) or F. David Fracchia, Simon Fraser University, Computing Science, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6 Canada. Reservations and advance submissions are not required but are strongly recommended. For more information (genuine!), please contact email: or *It is rather allowed to professionally blame those responsible for the lies and confusion.