Orderable Dimensions of Visual texture Useful for Data Display: Orientation, Size and Contrast


Vision research relating to the human perception of texture is briefly reviewed with a view to arriving at the principal dimensions of visual texture useful for data display. The conclusion is that orientation, size (l/spatial frequency), and contrast (amplitude) are the primary orderable dimensions of texture. Data displayed using these texture parameters will be subject to similar dlstorfions to those found when color is used. Textures synthesized using Gabor function primitives can be modulated along the three primary dimensions, Some preliminary results from a study using Gabor functions to modulate luminance are presented which suggest that: perceived texture size difference are approximately logarithmic, a 5% change in texton size is detectable 50% of the time, and large perceived size differences are do not predict small (just noticeable) size differences.

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Journal or Conference Title

Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)





Conference Date

May 3 - May 7, 1992

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Monterey, CA, USA


Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

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Conference Proceeding