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Social network analysis has been one of the fastest growing and most influential areas of recent times. Why has this happened? What are the key features of social network analysis?
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Chapter 37: Network Visualization
With the spread of the network paradigm to many disciplines from sociology and ethnology to computer science, biology, physics, and economics, many computer programs have become available that allow networks to be represented visually. While graphical representations of network data are easier to produce than ever before, the quick dissemination of these new technologies has not unlocked their potential as of yet. The knowledge of how to improve visual representations requires a much more active understanding of these new exploratory tools.
This chapter seeks to contribute to a more general understanding of visualization technologies. The aim is to set out some of the basic principles of network visualization and to disseminate knowledge about how the efficiency of network visualizations can be enhanced. How ...