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Metro map layout using multicriteria optimization

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2 Author(s)
J. M. Stott ; Kent Univ., UK ; P. Rodgers

We describe a system to automatically generate metro maps using a multicriteria approach. We have implemented a hill climbing optimizer which uses a fitness score generated from a sum of several aesthetic metrics. This is used to move from the initial geographic layout of the map to a schematic layout that is intended to aid travellers' navigation. We describe the software and show its application to a number of real world metro maps.

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Information Visualisation, 2004. IV 2004. Proceedings. Eighth International Conference on

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14-16 July 2004