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I am trying to get an understanding of quite a big data set. I have 20 different inputs parameters and 10 different outputs. The control algorithm is made and seems to work, but now I need to visualize how the system is running.

I have tried to do all sort of graphs of the different combinations of the parameters, but none a very good/clear image of the production.

Now one of my colleagues has mentioned what he think might be the solution to my problem. Unfortunately he cannot remember what it is called or where I can find information. Now I hope that some of you guys can help me find information about this principle.

My colleague was once working on controls for a sewage treatment plant. He had then found an article (possible written by a Russian scientist) about representing complex data as an abstract painting-like picture. The algorithm from the article had been implemented, so that they had live data shown in the plant. Besides from that, they had printed posters of different scenarios so they could compare the "abstract art of the day" with previous situations. E.g. they had one "painting" with more red in the corners, where the local slaughterhouse had had an emission, and another one with more distinction between the colours, where the sewages had been flooded by a heavy shower, and another with more triangle-like shapes, where a valve in the plant had been blocked.

The daily operators of the plant would then have a simple way to see if the plant was running as normal, and if not, they could compare "the art" and get an idea of what the problem could be.

Any of you have any idea what this principle is called? Who's the author? Where I can find information or the article? Or maybe similar principles?

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rubbish, what more can I say? –  davidkonrad Jan 8 at 9:10
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