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Epistemic Network Analysis Visualization

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Visualization plays an important role in Epistemic Network Analysis (ENA), not only in graphical representation but also to facilitate interpretation and communicate research findings. However, there is no published description of the design features behind ENA network graphs. This paper provides this description from a graphic design perspective, focusing on the design principles that make ENA network graphs aesthetically pleasing and intuitive to understand. By reviewing graphic design principles and examining other extant network visualizations, we show how the current ENA network graphs highlight the most important network characteristics and facilitate sense-making.


  • Epistemic network analysis
  • Network graphs
  • Data visualization
  • Design principles

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This work was funded in part by the National Science Foundation (DRL-1661036, DRL-1713110), the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The opinions, findings, and conclusions do not reflect the views of the funding agencies, cooperating institutions, or other individuals.

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Tan, Y., Hinojosa, C., Marquart, C., Ruis, A.R., Shaffer, D.W. (2022). Epistemic Network Analysis Visualization. In: Wasson, B., Zörgő, S. (eds) Advances in Quantitative Ethnography. ICQE 2021. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 1522. Springer, Cham.

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