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On nearly symmetric drawings of graphs

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2 Author(s)
Ming-Che Chuang ; Comput. Centre, Acad. Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan ; Hsu-Chun Yen

We propose a force-directed approach for drawing graphs in a nearly symmetric fashion. Our algorithm is built upon recent theoretical results on maximum symmetric subgraphs. Knowing the sequence of edge contractions sufficient for turning an asymmetric graph into a symmetric subgraph, our approach to symmetric drawing begins by drawing a graph's maximum symmetric subgraph using a force-directed method; the contracted edges are then re-inserted back into the drawing. By considering symmetry as the underlying aesthetic criterion, our algorithm provides better drawings than conventional spring algorithms, as our experimental results indicate.

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Information Visualisation, 2002. Proceedings. Sixth International Conference on

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