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Exploratory Network Visualization : Simultaneous Display of Actor Status and Connections

Exploratory Network Visualization : Simultaneous Display of Actor Status and Connections

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BRANDES, Ulrik, Jörg RAAB, Dorothea WAGNER, 2001. Exploratory Network Visualization : Simultaneous Display of Actor Status and Connections. In: Journal of Social Structure. 2(4)

@article{Brandes2001Explo-5903, title={Exploratory Network Visualization : Simultaneous Display of Actor Status and Connections}, year={2001}, number={4}, volume={2}, journal={Journal of Social Structure}, author={Brandes, Ulrik and Raab, Jörg and Wagner, Dorothea} }

We propose a novel visualization approach that facilitates graphical exploration and communication of relative actor status in social networks. The main idea is to map, in a drawing of the entire network, actor status scores to vertical coordinates. The resulting problem of determining horizontal positions of actors and routing of connecting lines such that the overall layout is readable is algorithmically diffcult, yet well-studied in the literature on graph drawing. We outline a customized approach.<br />The advantages of our method are illustrated in a study of policy making structures from the privatization processes of former East German industrial conglomerates, in which the visual approach led to additional findings that are unlikely to have been revealed using non-visual means of analysis. Raab, Jörg application/pdf Wagner, Dorothea Wagner, Dorothea Exploratory Network Visualization : Simultaneous Display of Actor Status and Connections Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic eng 2011-03-24T16:01:17Z Brandes, Ulrik 2001 2011-03-24T16:01:17Z Brandes, Ulrik First publ. in: Journal of Social Structure 2 (2001), No. 4 Raab, Jörg

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