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After September 11, thre was a big push for "Visual Analytics," which is basically rebranded statistics plus visual data mining tools. There's a report called Illuminating the Path that lays out the research agenda. I read it in grad school when my advisor was trying to tag everything under the sun as Visual Analytics in an attempt to get access to the Visual Analytics money pot. (We didn't.) It's creepy to see it come back around, fully realized by Palantir.

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