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D3.js in Action, Second Edition: Data visualization with JavaScript by Elijah Meeks

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Chapter 7. Network visualization

This chapter covers

  • Creating adjacency matrices and arc diagrams
  • Using the force-directed layout
  • Using constrained forces
  • Representing directionality
  • Adding and removing network nodes and edges

Network analysis and network visualization are more common now with the growth of online social networks like Twitter and Facebook, as well as social media and linked data, all of which are commonly represented with network structures. Network visualizations like the kind you’ll see in this chapter, some of which are shown in figure 7.1, are particularly interesting because they focus on how things are related. They represent systems more accurately than the traditional flat data seen in more common data visualizations. ...

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