A Group-Theoretic Method for Drawing Graphs Symmetrically

  • David Abelson
  • Seok-Hee Hong
  • Donald E. Taylor
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2528)


Constructing symmetric drawings of graphs is NP-hard.In this paper, we present a new method for drawing graphs symmetrically based on group theory.More formally, we define a n-geometric automorphism group of a graph that can be displayed as symmetries of a drawing of the graph in n dimensions.Then we present an algorithm to find all 2- and 3-geometric automorphism groups of a graph.We implement the algorithm using Magma [11] and the experimental results shows that our approach is very efficient in practice.W e also present a drawing algorithm to display a 2- or 3-geometric automorphism group.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Abelson
    • 1
  • Seok-Hee Hong
    • 2
  • Donald E. Taylor
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Mathematics and StatisticsUniversity of SydneyAustralia
  2. 2.School of Information TechnologiesUniversity of SydneyAustralia

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