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How to display data by color schemes compatible with red-green color perception deficiencies

Matthias Geissbuehler and Theo Lasser  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 8, pp. 9862-9874 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.009862


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Abstract

Visualization of data concerns most scientists. The use of color is required in order to display multidimensional information. In addition, color encoding a univariate image can improve the interpretation significantly. However up to 10% of the adult male population are affected by a red-green color perception deficiency which hampers the correct interpretation and appreciation of color encoded information. This work attempts to give guidelines on how to display a given dataset in a balanced manner. Three novel color maps are proposed providing readers with normal color perception a maximum of color contrast while being a good compromise for readers with color perception deficiencies.

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OCIS Codes
(000.3110) General : Instruments, apparatus, and components common to the sciences
(000.4930) General : Other topics of general interest
(100.2000) Image processing : Digital image processing
(170.3650) Medical optics and biotechnology : Lifetime-based sensing
(170.6900) Medical optics and biotechnology : Three-dimensional microscopy
(170.6960) Medical optics and biotechnology : Tomography
(330.0330) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision, color, and visual optics
(330.1720) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color vision
(330.1800) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision - contrast sensitivity

ToC Category:
Vision, Color, and Visual Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 11, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 28, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 31, 2013
Published: April 12, 2013

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Vol. 8, Iss. 5 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Matthias Geissbuehler and Theo Lasser, "How to display data by color schemes compatible with red-green color perception deficiencies," Opt. Express 21, 9862-9874 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-8-9862


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