Browsing All posts tagged under »Force-based algorithms (graph drawing)«

Flocking algorithms in graphic design

February 21, 2011 by


What a creative visualization! From ShiftControl, nr2154, and okdeluxe, I stumbled on an image and video created for the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) created from a set of flocking and force field algorithms. As they describe it, they did a good job using math to express social meaning: Consisting of 192 lines, […]

visualizing corruption

February 7, 2011 by


I have been arguing that good data visualization fosters interdisciplinary cooperation, adds to the general understanding of academic topics, and serves to reveal otherwise opaque organizational features of your data.  Now we can add that network visualization can be used outside of academia as well. Orgnet consulting used social network analysis (SNA) to assist an […]

Hive plots and hairballs

February 5, 2011 by


Earlier, I covered Hierarchical Edge Bundles as a neat way of simplifying the presentation of network relations.  Another way of simplifying visualization of large social networks that I found today are Hive Plots by Martin Krzywinski.  The problem for him is that representations of social networks tend to get bogged down in uselessly complex linear […]

Hierarchical edge bundles

February 5, 2011 by


Sometimes social networks visualizations look so damn complicated.  I at least tend to look at where the graph is busiest, and sort of intuitively conclude that that node is the most important one.  There must be a better way, right? Of course there is–why else would I pose such an obviously rhetorical question? (damn it. […]