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Visualization tools: Glue and parallel coordinates

While i am not really an visualization specialist in any regard, i am still often dealing with the visualization of relatively complex multidimensional datasets. Among the usual and well known tools, matplotlib in combination with iPython, Gnu R and jupyter as interactive worksheet, i have found two very interesting projects: Glue and Parallel coordinates.

Glue is a system which allows the interactive exploration and investigation of complex and fragmented datasets, which is nicely demonstrated in a video:

The thing with LaTeX, Unicode, PDF, Umlaute and OS-X

It is a well known critique against (PDF)LaTeX in the german speaking region that LaTeX tend to mess up umlaute (äöü) by composing them by the base letter (aou) followed by a diacritic character. The causes for this are buried deep somewhere in the inner guts of LaTeX/TeX (at least for me as a dumb user). However, this can be avoided by using "T1" fonts. Therefore not a general problem and i kept promoting the usage of LaTeX for scientific writing (Theses, Papers etc.) as the way to go to my colleagues.

Then i was struck when i experienced that copying and pasting text with diacritics (in fact umlaute in a german title of a reference) from my thesis pdf, opened in preview on my mac, in my text editor (sublime edit) produced this:

Das ideale Dokumentations-Tool

Das ideale digitale Dokumentationswerkzeug für die wissenschaftliche Arbeit in meiner idealen Welt wäre 

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