Review of Systems

In this page we provide additional information and details about our review of existing systems implementing Bertin's method:

Overview of all Systems

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For a description of this table, see our paper. For details on how the scores are computed, see below.

Software Presentation and Screenshots

1977 - CHART - W.H. Benson, B. Kitous

We did not manage to find and test this software.

1984 - TMC - J. Le Fourn, A. Mailles

We did not manage to find and test this software.

1984 - MATRIX - J.M. Fras, R. Gimeno, P.Y. Vicens

MATRIX ran on Thomson TO7.

1987 - CARTAX - R. Gimeno, M-F. Durand

MATRIX ran on Thomson TO7/MO5 using the Nanoreseau architecture.

1989 - VisuLab - H. Hinterberger

Available for download here (Windows only).

1994 - AMADO - J. Bertin, J. Risson, J.H. Chauchat, CISIA, France

1996 - Voyager - G. Sawitzki

Implementation of Bertin's matrices in the Voyager system.
More information about this project is available on the author's webpage. We are grateful to the authors, who created a new page and created several videos very quickly after we asked them information about their implementation.

A video is also available on the American Statistical Association media archive of historical recordings website.

2003 - TGINF - P. Orùs, G. Villarroya

2005 - The Reorderable Matrix - H. Siirtola

Java applet available here.

2005 - PermutMatrix - G. Caraux, S. Pinloche

Available for download here (Windows only).

2006 - MatrixExplorer - N. Henry-Riche, J-D. Fekete

Java web start available here.

2008 - T_ALK - R. Gosselin

Available for download here (Mac, Windows, Linux).

2008 - GAP - H-M. Wu, Y-J. Tien, C-H. Chen

Available for download here (Windows only).

2012 - R for Bertin - G. Sawitzki

Available for download here (R plugin).

2013 - D3 implementation - S. Rubin

Web app available here

2013 - Cartes et Données - ARTICQUE

Commercial product, available here (Free version for students).

Details of the scoring schemes



Year of the latest software release.


  • 1 if the software was developped at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), bertin's lab
  • 0 otherwise


  • 1 if we were able to test the software
  • 0 otherwise


A score reflecting how easy the software is to retrieve and get running. It is the product of an accessiblity score and a runnability score:


  • 0: not available online, authors not reachable
  • 1: not available online, but can be obtained from authors
  • 2: can be found online, but hard
  • 3: online, commercial
  • 4: online and free


  • 0: did not manage to get running
  • 1: takes one or more days to get running (deprecated system)
  • 2: easy to run but single-platform
  • 3: multi-platform with required third-party software
  • 4: multi-platform stand-alone, or web app with required plugin
  • 5: Web app stand-alone

Following the instrumental inter