Visual analytics: quick insights into a world of data
Data is produced at an incredibly fast rate – faster than most people can analyze and report on it. To solve this problem, a host of data visualization solutions have been developed to help data scientists and other, even non-technical, professionals discern patterns and connect the dots in an ocean of data.
Visual analytics is data analysis characterized by insights that are displayed in an interactive, graphical manner. It is especially helpful in analyzing large, complex data sets. It is nothing more than a modern term for reporting. In the past, there were only a few data sources to analyze. Because everything was extremely fixed-format and predefined, gaining these insights was the responsibility of the IT department. As a result, non-technical professionals often had to wait for long periods of time to receive their reports and/or insights.