Anisotropic Radial Layout for Visualizing Centrality and Structure in Graphs

Raj, Mukund and Whitaker, Ross T. (2017) Anisotropic Radial Layout for Visualizing Centrality and Structure in Graphs. In: Graph Drawing and Network Visualization. GD 2017, September 25-27 , pp. 351-364(Official URL:

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This paper presents a novel method for layout of undirected graphs, where nodes (vertices) are constrained to lie on a set of nested, simple, closed curves. Such a layout is useful to simultaneously display the structural centrality and vertex distance information for graphs in many domains, including social networks. Closed curves are a more general constraint than the previously proposed circles, and afford our method more flexibility to preserve vertex relationships compared to existing radial layout methods. The proposed approach modifies the multidimensional scaling (MDS) stress to include the estimation of a vertex depth or centrality field as well as a term that penalizes discord between structural centrality of vertices and their alignment with this carefully estimated field. We also propose a visualization strategy for the proposed layout and demonstrate its effectiveness using three social network datasets.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Classifications: M Methods > M.100 Algebraic
P Styles > P.720 Straight-line
S Software and Systems > S.120 Visualization

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