Static Visualization Toolkit

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What Does Static Visualization Toolkit Mean?

A static visualization toolkit (static VTK) is a collection of small applications and tools that are meant to process and then subsequently present statistical data with the aim of making it readily understandable for human readers.


The presentation of data is in a static manner such as charts and graphs that do not automatically update, and hence limited in its application.

Techopedia Explains Static Visualization Toolkit

Static visualization toolkits are often part of larger systems, such as database systems and big data systems, that require a way to present statistical metadata and analyzed data in order to make sense of all the data being stored. There are toolkits that are also distributed individually as libraries that can be used by other systems in order to visualize data, but these are often general-purpose visualization tools that have other applications aside from visualizing statistical data, such as creating scalable vector graphics for websites.

Examples of visualization toolkits are:

  • The Visualization Toolkit (VTK)
  • Provis
  • Raphael JavaScript Library
  • D3.js JavaScript Library
  • GGPLOT2 the Grammar of Graphics for the R programming language for statistical programming

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