A Multi-dimensional Approach to Force-Directed Layouts of Large Graphs

  • Pawel Gajer
  • Michael T. Goodrich
  • Stephen G. Kobourov
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1984)


We present a novel hierarchical force-directed method for drawing large graphs. The algorithm produces a graph embedding in an Euclidean space E of any dimension. A two or three dimensional drawing of the graph is then obtained by projecting a higher-dimensional embedding into a two or three dimensional subspace of E. Projecting high-dimensional drawings onto two or three dimensions often results in drawings that are “smoother” and more symmetric. Among the other notable features of our approach are the utilization of a maximal independent set filtration of the set of vertices of a graph, a fast energy function minimization strategy, efficient memory management, and an intelligent initial placement of vertices. Our implementation of the algorithm can draw graphs with tens of thousands of vertices using a negligible amount of memory in less than one minute on a mid-range PC.




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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pawel Gajer
    • 1
  • Michael T. Goodrich
    • 1
  • Stephen G. Kobourov
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimore
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of ArizonaTucson

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