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Visualizing Large Hierarchically Clustered Graphs with a Landscape Metaphor

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Large graphs appear in many application domains. Their analysis can be done automatically by machines, for which the graph size is less of a problem, or, especially for exploration tasks, visually by humans. The graph drawing literature contains many efficient methods for visualizing large graphs, see e.g. [4, Chapter 12], but for large graphs it is often useful to first compute a sequence of coarser and more abstract representations by grouping vertices recursively using a hierarchical clustering algorithm. Then the task is to compute an overview picture of the graph based on a given cluster hierarchy, such that details of the graph, e.g., within clusters, remain visible on demand.


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  • Graph Drawing
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Athenstädt, J.C., Görke, R., Krug, M., Nöllenburg, M. (2013). Visualizing Large Hierarchically Clustered Graphs with a Landscape Metaphor. In: Didimo, W., Patrignani, M. (eds) Graph Drawing. GD 2012. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7704. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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