Chapter 5

Labeling and visual attributes

Abstract

Network visualizations come to life when they are combined with other data describing the vertices and edges. NodeXL supports vertex and edge labels. Three types of vertex labels can be used including: (1) adjacent labels that appear next to vertices on the graph, (2) shape labels that replace the vertex with the label, and (3) tooltip labels that only appear when mousing over a vertex. Label position, color, font type, etc. can be customized using label options. Labeling best practices are provided. Many visual properties can be mapped onto vertices including color, shape (including labels and images), size, and opacity. Visual properties for edges include color, width, style, and opacity. ...

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