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DateThursday, September 17, 2009
Time11:00 am
LocationGS 906
DetailsLight refreshments will be served in the 9th floor Atrium at 10:45AM
SpeakerStephen Kobourov
TitleAssociate Professor
AffiliationDepartment of Computer Science

GMap, Putting Data on the Map

Abstract: Information visualization can be invaluable in making sense out of large data sets. However, traditional graph visualization methods often fail to capture the underlying structural information, clustering, and neighborhoods. GMap, an algorithm for visualizing graphs as maps, provides a way to overcome some of the shortcomings with the help of the geographic map metaphor. While graphs, charts, and tables often require considerable effort to comprehend, a map representation is more intuitive, as most people are very familiar with maps and even enjoy carefully examining maps. The effectiveness of GMap is illustrated with examples from several domains, namely TV shows, Amazon books, and music.