I welcome the opportunity to respond to Andrew Gelman and Antony Unwin’s article, Infovis and Statistical Graphics: Different Goals, Different Looks. Their view of information visualization is very distorted, but unfortunately not uncommon. In the following, I will try to give readers a sense of what information visualization (InfoVis) is really about, show some recent contributions, list some challenges, and show that there is a lot of opportunity for collaboration between InfoVis and statistics.
InfoVis Is So Much More: A Comment on Gelman and Unwin and an Invitation to Consider the Opportunities. Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 29–32, 2013