DynTrix: A Hybrid Representation for Dynamic Graphs

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Abstract Hybrid graph representations combine two or more network visualization techniques in a unique drawing, simultaneously leveraging their strong traits. Since their introduction in the early 2000s, hybrid representations have gained significant research interest, with the introduction of new techniques and comparative user studies. However, all this research has not considered dynamic graphs. In this paper, we investigate hybrid graph representations in a dynamic network context and present DynTrix. Our system uses the NodeTrix representation as a basis, but the research extends this representation to the dynamic network domain. DynTrix supports automatic or manually created clusters/matrices across time. Drawing stability is implemented through aggregation and users can rearrange the nodes/matrix positions and pin them. DynTrix visualizes the temporal dynamics of the network through a combination of movement and element highlighting. We also introduce the concept of volatility, that allows the identification of actors in the network that are the most volatile. Matrices can be ordered such that stable cores gravitate towards the centre of the matrix. We integrate this technique in a visual analytics application for the exploration of offline dynamic networks and evaluate our system through case studies and qualitative expert interviews. Experts agree on the capabilities of the system, noting its potential for the analysis of dynamic networks through hybrid representations.
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Year of Publication
2024
Journal
Computer Graphics Forum
Volume
43
Issue
3
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https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/cgf.15076
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1111/cgf.15076
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