The Metro Map Layout Problem

  • Seok-Hee Hong
  • Damian Merrick
  • Hugo A. D. do Nascimento
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3383)


We initiate a new problem of automatic metro map layout. In general, a metro map consists of a set of lines which have intersections or overlaps. We define a set of aesthetic criteria for good metro map layouts and present a method to produce such layouts automatically. Our method uses a variation of the spring algorithm with a suitable preprocessing step. The experimental results with real world data sets show that our method produces good metro map layouts quickly.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seok-Hee Hong
    • 1
  • Damian Merrick
    • 1
  • Hugo A. D. do Nascimento
    • 2
  1. 1.National ICT Australia School of Information TechnologiesUniversity of SydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Instituto de Informatica-UFGBrazil

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