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Opt Express. 2013 Apr 22;21(8):9862-74. doi: 10.1364/OE.21.009862.

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

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Laboratoire d’Optique Biomédicale LOB, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Station 17, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland. matthias.geissbuehler@a3.epfl.ch

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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