On Spectral Graph Drawing

  • Yehuda Koren
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/3-540-45071-8_50

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2697)
Cite this paper as:
Koren Y. (2003) On Spectral Graph Drawing. In: Warnow T., Zhu B. (eds) Computing and Combinatorics. COCOON 2003. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 2697. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


The spectral approach for graph visualization computes the layout of a graph using certain eigenvectors of related matrices. Some important advantages of this approach are an ability to compute optimal layouts (according to specific requirements) and a very rapid computation time. In this paper we explore spectral visualization techniques and study their properties. We present a novel view of the spectral approach, which provides a direct link between eigenvectors and the aesthetic properties of the layout. In addition, we present a new formulation of the spectral drawing method with some aesthetic advantages. This formulation is accompanied by an aesthetically-motivated algorithm, which is much easier to understand and to implement than the standard numerical algorithms for computing eigenvectors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yehuda Koren
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  1. 1.Dept. of Computer Science and Applied MathematicsThe Weizmann Institute of ScienceRehovotIsrael

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