# A New Approach to GraphMaps, a System Browsing Large Graphs as Interactive Maps

### Debajyoti Mondal, Lev Nachmanson

#### Abstract

A GraphMaps is a system that visualizes a graph using zoom levels, which is similar to a geographic map visualization. GraphMaps reveals the structural properties of the graph and enables users to explore the graph in a natural way by using the standard zoom and pan operations. The available implementation of GraphMaps faces many challenges such as the number of zoom levels may be large, nodes may be unevenly distributed to different levels, shared edges may create ambiguity due to the selection of multiple nodes. In this paper, we develop an algorithmic framework to construct GraphMaps from any given mesh (generated from a 2D point set), and for any given number of zoom levels. We demonstrate our approach introducing competition mesh, which is simple to construct, has a low dilation and high angular resolution. We present an algorithm for assigning nodes to zoom levels that minimizes the change in the number of nodes on visible on the screen while the user zooms in and out between the levels. We think that keeping this change small facilitates smooth browsing of the graph. We also propose new node selection techniques to cope with some of the challenges of the GraphMaps approach.

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#### in Harvard Style

Mondal D. and Nachmanson L. (2018). **A New Approach to GraphMaps, a System Browsing Large Graphs as Interactive Maps**.In *Proceedings of the 13th International Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications - Volume 3: IVAPP,* ISBN 978-989-758-289-9, pages 108-119. DOI: 10.5220/0006618101080119

#### in Bibtex Style

@conference{ivapp18,

author={Debajyoti Mondal and Lev Nachmanson},

title={A New Approach to GraphMaps, a System Browsing Large Graphs as Interactive Maps},

booktitle={Proceedings of the 13th International Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications - Volume 3: IVAPP,},

year={2018},

pages={108-119},

publisher={SciTePress},

organization={INSTICC},

doi={10.5220/0006618101080119},

isbn={978-989-758-289-9},

}

#### in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 13th International Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications - Volume 3: IVAPP,

TI - A New Approach to GraphMaps, a System Browsing Large Graphs as Interactive Maps

SN - 978-989-758-289-9

AU - Mondal D.

AU - Nachmanson L.

PY - 2018

SP - 108

EP - 119

DO - 10.5220/0006618101080119