Multidimensional classifications: Past and future conceptualizations and visualizations

Charles van den Heuvel


This paper maps the concepts “space” and “dimensionality” in classifications, in particular in visualizations hereof, from a historical perspective. After a historical excursion in the domain of classification theory of what in mathematics is known as dimensionality reduction in representations of a single universe of knowledge, its potentiality will be explored for information retrieval and navigation of the World Wide Web.

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