- The showing of computer data in the form of graphics. For example, the presenting of data using 3D models as opposed to text or formulas. Also called information visualization, or data visualization.
- The use of computers to represent, display, and manipulate scientific data and phenomena, such as the magnetic field around a point or object, or for the simulation of processes within a cell when metabolizing nutrients or when faced with a harmful substance. Enormous processing power must be combined with specifically tailored applications and display devices, and supercomputers are frequently utilized for such work. Since graphical data is analyzed by the brain at a more intuitive level than text data, more complex information can be more simply transmitted, helping provide even deeper insight into that being researched. Also called scientific visualization.