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Demonstration of a Preprocessor for the Spring Embedder

Mutton, Paul and Rodgers, Peter (2002) Demonstration of a Preprocessor for the Spring Embedder. In: Goodrich, Michael T. and Kobourov, Stephen G., eds. Graph Drawing: 10th International Symposium. Lecture Notes in Computer Science . Springer, Berlin, Germany, pp. 374-375. ISBN 978-3-540-00158-4. E-ISBN 978-3-540-36151-0. (doi:10.1007/3-540-36151-0_40)


Spring embedding is a widely used method for producing automated layouts of graphs. We present a preprocessor that improves the performance of the classical spring embedder which can be used in conjunction with other optimization and approximation techniques. It creates an initial graph layout with edge lengths that are approximately equal and with a minimum node separation from which the spring embedder typically needs far fewer iterations to produce a well laid out graph.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/3-540-36151-0_40
Uncontrolled keywords: Spring Embedding; Preprocessing; edge length; large graph; information visualization; layout algorithm; linear time complexity
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Computing > Applied and Interdisciplinary Informatics Group
Faculties > Sciences > School of Computing > Theoretical Computing Group
Depositing User: Peter Rodgers
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2008 17:59 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2020 04:02 UTC
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