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Visualizing Big Graphs and Social Networks

Richard Brath (Uncharted Software), David Jonker (Uncharted Software Inc.)
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Big graphs are difficult to visualize because the scale of the data quickly results in complex network diagrams that can be difficult to decipher and have complicated interfaces with hundreds of options.

Instead, we start by understanding what valuable nuggets we are trying to learn from this data, such as:

  • What person is the opposite of this person?
  • Who’s connected to both me and my competition?
  • Did these people meet?

Starting from the question, we can then simplify the requirements and design effective visualizations that fit the problem. We will look at some mini-case studies and demos (e.g. Twitter correlation network, charity network) and some of the issues, such as:

  • Whole graph vs partial graph
  • Layouts, such as 2D vs 3D or orthogonal vs freeform
  • Semi-automated pattern-finding and clustering

We will also cover some of the technical challenges (e.g. scalability) and user challenges (e.g. 3D). In addition, we will briefly discuss some open source visualization software for use with graphs that attendees can use.

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Richard Brath

Uncharted Software

I’ve been designing and building innovative information visualizations for 20 years, ranging from one of the first interactive 3D visualizations on the web in 1995 to visualizations embedded in professional software used every day by thousands of professionals.

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David Jonker

Uncharted Software Inc.

David Jonker is EVP and a founder of Oculus. He is a visual analytics designer and technical architect with twenty years experience. David is interested in the visual elegance of information and the underlying visual and technical design to create powerful solutions.

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Richard Brath
10/31/2013 11:29am EDT

Slides have been uploaded.

Marek K Kolodziej
10/30/2013 4:30pm EDT

Would it be possible to post the slides here, like the other speakers have?

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