Layout metrics for Euler diagrams

Jean Flower

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Abstract

We present an aesthetics based method for drawing Euler diagrams. Aesthetic layout metrics have been found to be useful in graph drawing algorithms, which use metrics motivated by aesthetic principles that aid user understanding of diagrams. We have taken a similar approach to Euler diagram drawing, and have defined a set of suitable metrics to be used within a hill climbing multicriteria optimiser to produce "good" drawings. There are added difficulties when drawing Euler diagrams as they are made up of contours whose structural properties of intersection and containment must be preserved under any layout improvements. In this paper we describe our Java implementation of a pair of hill climbing variants to find good drawings, a set of metrics that measure aesthetics for good diagram layout, and issues concerning the choice of weightings for a useful combination of the metrics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Visualization, 2003. IV 2003. Proceedings. Seventh International Conference
PublisherInspec Online
Pages272-280
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)0769519881
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2003
EventInformation Visualization, 2003. IV 2003. Proceedings. Seventh International Conference - London, UK, 18 July 2003
Duration: 1 Jul 2003 → …

Conference

ConferenceInformation Visualization, 2003. IV 2003. Proceedings. Seventh International Conference
Period1/07/03 → …

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