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Graph Analysis and Visualization: Discovering Business Opportunity in Linked Data by David Jonker, Richard Brath

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Part 2 Process and Tools

The goal of this part of the book is to outline all the steps involved in taking raw data and transforming it into an insightful, interactive analysis of a graph data set. Various examples will be used throughout this section—such as the graph of people associated with 10,000 e-mails shown in Figure P2-1.

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Figure P2-1: Graph of people connected through 10,000 e-mail messages

Whether you are exploring e-mails, tweets, market baskets, Internet networks, flight networks, or global trade flows, you usually follow a sequence of steps, as well as use various tools, to transform data into insights through analysis and visualizations.

Process

Table P2-1 provides an overview of the next six chapters. Chapter 3 (“Data—Collect, Clean, and Connect”), Chapter 4 (“Stats and Layout”), Chapter 5 (“Visual Attributes”), and Chapter 6 (“Explore and Explain”) walk you through the major steps, starting from data through to communicating results. Chapter 7 (“Point-and-Click Graph Tools”) and Chapter 8 (“Lightweight Programming) discuss how this is accomplished using either point-and-click graph software or programming.

Table P2-1: Process of Visualization

StepExampleDescription
Data (Chapter 3)
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Collect and clean the data. Then prepare it for use as a graph data set ...

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