A Multiple-Aspects Visualization Tool for Exploring Social Networks

  • Jie Gao
  • Kazuo Misue
  • Jiro Tanaka
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5618)


Social network analysis (SNA) has been used to study the relationships between actors in social networks, revealing their features and patterns. In most cases, nodes and edges in graph theory are used to represent actors and relationships, and graph representations are used to visually analyze social networks. However, many visualization tools using network diagrams tend to depict most information about social networks by using the properties of nodes, which result in a visual burden when identifying actors or relationships according to certain properties. There is a lack of tools to support work by investigators to provide insights into multiple-aspect networks. We considered actors, relationships, and communities to be three important elements, and developed a tool called MixVis that integrates a tagcloud, network diagrams, and a list to show the elements. Our tool allows users to explore social networks from elements of interest, and acquire details through links with the three different viewpoints.


Social network analysis visualization human interface 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jie Gao
    • 1
  • Kazuo Misue
    • 1
  • Jiro Tanaka
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science, Graduate School of System and Information EngineeringUniversity of TsukubaJapan

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