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Visualization Symposium, IEEE Pacific (2014)
Yokohama, Japan Japan
Mar. 4, 2014 to Mar. 7, 2014
pp: 89-96
Lei Shi , State Key Lab. of Comput. Sci., Inst. of Software, Beijing, China
Qi Liao , Dept. of Comput. Sci., Central Michigan Univ., Mount Pleasant, MI, USA
Hanghang Tong , City Coll., Comput. Sci. Dept., CUNY, New York, NY, USA
Yue Zhao , Tsinghua Univ., Beijing, China
Chuang Lin , Tsinghua Univ., Beijing, China
Aggregation is a scalable strategy for dealing with large network data. Existing network visualizations have allowed nodes to be aggregated based on node attributes or network topology, each of which has its own advantages. However, very few previous systems have the capability to enjoy the best of both worlds. This paper presents OnionGraph, an integrated framework for exploratory visual analysis of large heterogeneous networks. OnionGraph allows nodes to be aggregated based on either node attributes, topology, or a mixture of both. Subsets of nodes can be flexibly split and merged under the hierarchical focus+context interaction model, supporting sophisticated analysis of the network data. Node aggregations that contain subsets of nodes are displayed with multiple concentric circles, or the onion metaphor, indicating how many levels of abstraction they contain. We have evaluated the OnionGraph tool in two real-world cases. Performance experiments demonstrate that on a commodity desktop, OnionGraph can scale to million-node networks while preserving the interactivity for analysis.
Semantics, Visualization, Context, Network topology, Topology, Navigation, Data visualization

Lei Shi, Qi Liao, Hanghang Tong, Yifan Hu, Yue Zhao and Chuang Lin, "Hierarchical Focus+Context Heterogeneous Network Visualization," 2014 IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium (PacificVis)(PACIFICVIS), Yokohama, Japan, 2014, pp. 89-96.
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