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Euler graph transformations for Euler diagram layout

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  • G400 Computing


Euler diagrams are frequently used for visualizing information about collections of objects and form an important component of various visual languages. Properties possessed by Euler diagrams correlate with their usability, such as whether the diagram has only simple curves or possesses concurrency. Sometimes, every diagram that represents some given information possesses some undesirable properties, and reducing the number of violations of undesirable properties is beneficial. In this paper we show how to count the number of violations from the reduced Euler graph. We then define various transformations on the Euler graph which can reduce the number of violations of a given property, but sometimes at the expense of increasing the number of violations of another property. These transformations can be used to improve the quality of the drawn diagram, which is important for effective information visualization.

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