|[SNA is known as basically a] deductive assignment, and a user’s investigative procedure can be confused by having to navigate between separate analysis and visualization packages.
Most recently a number of projects focus to improve interactive exploration with networks. For example, GUESS is well known as a novel graph exploration system that combines an interpreted language with a graphical front end Adar E., (2006). TreePlus allows users to explore graphs using more comprehensible enhanced tree layouts (Lee, B. et al. 2006). NetLens allows users to discover an actor-event network using iterative queries and histograms (Kang, H. et al (2006). In addition, Ghoneim et al. (2004) presented matrix-based visualizations. JUNG is a JAVA toolkit which delivers analysts with a framework to construct their own SNA tools (O'Madadhain, J., 2005).
|SNA is an inherently deductive task, and a user’s exploratory process can be distracted by having to navigate between separate analysis and visualization packages.
Recently, there have been several projects focusing on improving interactive exploration with networks. Among them, GUESS is a novel graph exploration system that combines an interpreted language with a graphical front end [EN 1]. TreePlus allows users to explore graphs using more comprehensible enhanced tree layouts [EN 22]. NetLens allows users to explore an actor-event network using iterative queries and histograms [EN 19]. Ghoneim et al. presented the promise of using matrix-based visualizations instead of node-link diagrams [EN 15]. JUNG is a JAVA toolkit that provides users with a framework to build their own social network analysis tools [EN 25].
[EN 1] E. Adar, "GUESS: A Language and Interface for Graph Exploration", ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2006.
[EN 15] M. Ghoniem, J.-D. Fekete and P. Castagliola, "A Comparison of the Readability of Graphs Using Node-Link and Matrix-Based Representations", IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization, 2004.
[EN 19] H. Kang, C. Plaisant, B. Lee and B. B. Bederson, "NetLens: Iterative Exploration of Content-Actor Network Data", IEEE Symposium on Visual Analytics Science and Technology, 2006.
[EN 22] B. Lee, C. S. Parr, C. Plaisant, B. B. Bederson, V. D. Veksler, W. D. Gray and C. Kotfila, "TreePlus: Interactive Exploration of Networks with Enhanced Tree Layouts", IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 2006.
[EN 25] J. O'Madadhain, D. Fisher, P. Smyth, S. White and Y.-B. Boey, "Analysis and Visualization of Network Data using JUNG", Journal of Statistical Software, VV, 2005.