Chapter 4

Network Visualization

Humans are wired to find patterns visually. We have natural abilities to see anomalies, patterns, clusters, and changes—and we can recognize many of these things without consciously looking for them.

Information visualization deals with the presentation of data in a visual format. The data may be numeric, categorical, network data (like social networks), text, and other types. Good information visualization supports users in better understanding the data they are seeing.

The goal of information visualization is to take advantage of humans’ natural abilities to see patterns, anomalies, relationships, and features in visual data. Visualization provides an overview of complex data. From there, people can identify features ...

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