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Effects of crossing angles


Huang, W and Hong, S-H and Eades, P, Effects of crossing angles, Proceedings of IEEE Pacific Visualisation Symposium, 4-7 March 2008, Kyoto, Japan, pp. 41-46. ISBN 978-1-4244-1966-1 (2008) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.1109/PACIFICVIS.2008.4475457


In visualizing graphs as node-link diagrams, it is commonly accepted and employed as a general rule that the number of link crossings should be minimized whenever possible. However, little attention has been paid to how to handle the remaining crossings in the visualization. The study presented in this paper examines the effects of crossing angles on performance of path tracing tasks. It was found that the effect varied with the size of crossing angles. In particular, task response time decreased as the crossing angle increased. However, the rate of the decrease tended to level off when the angle was close to 90 degrees. One of the implications of this study in graph visualization is that just minimizing the crossing number is not sufficient to reduce the negative impact to the minimum. The angles of remaining crossings should be maximized as well.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Graph visualization, graph drawing, aesthetic criteria, link crossing, crossing angle, evaluation.
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Library and information studies
Research Field:Human information interaction and retrieval
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the information and computing sciences
UTAS Author:Huang, W (Dr Tony Huang)
ID Code:90126
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2014-03-27
Last Modified:2015-02-05

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