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Evaluating graphs from a new perspective

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posted on 2023-05-23, 09:50 authored by Huang, W
Drawing principles, or aesthetics, are important in graph drawing. They are used as criteria for algorithm design and for quality evaluation. Current aesthetics are described as visual properties that a drawing is required to have to be visually pleasing. However, most of these aesthetics are originally proposed without consideration of graph structure information. Therefore their ability in visually revealing graph structural features are not guaranteed and indeed mixed results have been reported in the literature regarding their impact on user graph comprehension. In this paper, we propose to derive aesthetics based on graph internal structural features. Further, graphs are often evaluated based on controlled experiments with simple perception tasks to avoid possible confounding factors caused by complex tasks. This leaves their value in supporting complex tasks unevaluated. To fill this gap, we also discuss the possibility of applying evaluation methodologies used in the Cognitive Load Theory research for graph evaluation.


Publication title

Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE 17th International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering


X Liu, D El Baz, C-H Hsu, K Kang, W Chen






School of Information and Communication Technology


IEEE-Inst Electrical Electronics Engineers Inc

Place of publication

New Jersey, USA

Event title

2014 IEEE 17th International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering

Event Venue

Chengdu, China

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