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date: 29 July 2017

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Network visualization and political networks have a long history, and some of the earliest and most effective network visualizations have been about power and influence. Now as in the past, network visualization is one of the most effective tools for both exploratory analysis and the communication of scientific results. This chapter discusses the rhetorical, technical, and aesthetic principles that underlie successful network visualizations. The chapter covers automated layout algorithms as well as layouts resulting from the substance of the network. Aspects of visualizing multivariate network data are also discussed. The use of additional visual elements such as color and size is deliberated. The various topics of this chapter are contrasted with issues resulting from human perception and with frequently encountered visualization challenges, such as those encountered when working with dense networks.

Keywords: network visualization, layout algorithms, substance-based layout, visual elements, human perception, colors

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