In 1973, applied statistician Herman Chernoff proposed one of the most strange and ingenious ideas in the history of information visualization – symbolizing data using faces.

In the intervening years, the so called ‘Chernoff Face’ has become one of the most curious artifacts in the world of information visualization. Despite the best effort of academics to find a way to make the faces ‘work’, the usual response to Chernoff faces from the cartographic community is a combination of fascination and loathing.

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