Untangling Hairballs - From 3 to 14 Degrees of Separation

@inproceedings{Nocaj2014UntanglingH,
  title={Untangling Hairballs - From 3 to 14 Degrees of Separation},
  author={Arlind Nocaj and Mark Ortmann and Ulrik Brandes},
  booktitle={Graph Drawing},
  year={2014}
}
Small-world graphs have characteristically low average distance and thus cause force-directed methods to generate drawings that look like hairballs. This is by design as the inherent objective of these methods is a globally uniform edge length or, more generally, accurate distance representation. The problem arises in graphs of high density or high conductance, and in the presence of high-degree vertices, all of which tend to pull vertices together and thus clutter variation in local density… CONTINUE READING

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