Spring Embedder Preprocessing for WWW Visualization

Mutton, Paul and Rodgers, Peter (2002) Spring Embedder Preprocessing for WWW Visualization. In: Proceedings Information Visualization 2002. (Full text available)

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Abstract

We present a preprocessor for the spring embedder graph drawing method and show its use in speeding up the automatic layout of three-dimensional visualizations of WWW sites. Spring embedding is a widely used method for visualizing the connections in WWW maps, as it can typically produce a reasonable layout for most general graphs. However, the technique does not scale well and to improve the performance when dealing with large graphs various optimisations have been developed. Our preprocessor is a new optimization method that attempts to obtain a reasonably good initial drawing to be then used by the spring embedder. This initial drawing has edge lengths that are approximately equal along with a minimum node separation. This produces a layout that is closer to the final drawing than a random scattering of nodes and so allows fewer invocations of the spring embedder to produce an equally stable drawing.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: graph drawing, spring embedding, www visualization, information visualization
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Computing > Applied and Interdisciplinary Informatics Group
Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Computing > Theoretical Computing Group
Depositing User: Peter Rodgers
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2008 18:00
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2012 13:24
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/13767 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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