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Martin Krzywinski's Linear Hive Plots Simplify Complex Visualization

By: Katie Cordrey - Published: Dec 20, 2010   Updated: Aug 4 2011 • References: mkweb.bcgsc and mkweb.bcgsc
Martin Krzywinski of the Genome Sciences Center in Vancouver, British Columbia has created elegant linear hive plots to detangle the often-messy informational graphics known as network hairballs. Network hairballs are graphics that become impenetrably complex as network sizes increase; they are ineffective for visualization.

Linear hive plots constrain the arrangement of nodes using creator-identified network properties. This results in elegant infographics that are visually assessable and easier to understand.

Implications - While today's cutting-edge technology is certainly one of the greatest accomplishments of the human race, many individuals often feel overwhelmed and intimidated by its complexity. Businesses that can offer simple and accessible solutions and guides to users will fare well amongst today's tech-obsessed consumer industry.