Column-Based Graph Layouts

  • Gregor Betz
  • Christoph Doll
  • Andreas Gemsa
  • Ignaz Rutter
  • Dorothea Wagner
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7704)


We consider orthogonal upward drawings of directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) with nodes of uniform width but node-specific height. One way to draw such graphs is to use a layering technique as provided by the Sugiyama framework [10]. However, to avoid drawbacks of the Sugiyama framework we use the layer-free upward crossing minimization algorithm suggested by Chimani et al. and integrate it into the topology-shape-metric (TSM) framework introduced by Tamassia [11]. This in combination with an algorithm by Biedl and Kant [2] lets us generate column-based layouts, i.e., layouts where the plane is divided into uniform-width columns and every node is assigned to a column.

We show that our column-based approach allows to generate visually appealing, compact layouts with few edge crossing and at most four bends per edge. Furthermore, the resulting layouts exhibit a high degree of symmetry and implicitly support edge bundling. We justify our approach by an experimental evaluation based on real-world examples.


Directed Acyclic Graph Outgoing Edge Incoming Edge Edge Segment Edge Crossing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gregor Betz
    • 1
  • Christoph Doll
    • 1
  • Andreas Gemsa
    • 1
  • Ignaz Rutter
    • 1
  • Dorothea Wagner
    • 1
  1. 1.Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)Germany

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