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Network Graph Analysis and Visualization with Gephi

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Ken Cherven

Gephi is a great platform for analyzing and turning your data into highly communicative visualizations, and this book will teach you to create your own network graphs, and then customize and publish them to the web.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781783280131
Paperback116 pages

About This Book

  • Use your own data to create network graphs displaying complex relationships between several types of data elements
  • Learn about nodes and edges, and customize your graphs using size, color, and weight attributes
  • Filter your graphs to focus on the key information you need to see and publish your network graphs to the Web

Who This Book Is For

This book is for data analysts who want to intuitively reveal patterns and trends, highlight outliers, and tell stories with their data using Gephi. It is great for anyone looking to explore interactions within network datasets, whether the data comes from social media or elsewhere. It is also a valuable resource for those seeking to learn more about Gephi without being overwhelmed by technical details.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Installing Gephi
Downloading the software
Summary
Chapter 2: Creating Simple Network Graphs
Understanding the Gephi workspace
Working with the default layout options
Using an existing dataset
Creating our first network graph
Summary
Chapter 3: Exploring Additional Layout Options
Exploring base layout options
Locating available layout plugins
Using the layouts
Other options
Finding the most effective layout
Summary
Chapter 4: Creating a Gephi Dataset
Basic data requirements
Building a datafile in Gephi
Using spreadsheet files in Gephi
Summary
Chapter 5: Exploring Plugins
About plugins
Enhancing Gephi with plugins
Exploring plugin options
Downloading and installing plugins
Summary
Chapter 6: Advanced Features
Filters
Statistics
Rankings
Summary
Chapter 7: Deploying Gephi Visualizations
Customizing the visualization
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Install and configure Gephi on your computer and navigate around the Gephi user interface
  • Create simple graphs using existing data and customize nodes and edges using toolbar functions
  • Learn about the use of installed layout formats as well as how to install and use additional layouts via plugins
  • Create data sources internally with spreadsheets and MySQL and filter data within your network graphs
  • Install additional plugins to enhance Gephi’s base functionality
  • Use statistics, ranking, and querying to learn more about your data
  • Customize and deploy your graphs to the Web and find additional resources on network graphs and visualizations

In Detail

Gephi is an interactive visualization and exploration platform for all kinds of networks and complex systems. Social media data has helped to drive network visualization to new levels of relevance and importance. However, there is far more to network visualization than just social media data. For analyzing and visualizing network graphs, you need to have an excellent platform, and you need to know ways to use your data effectively.

Network Graph Analysis and Visualization with Gephi is a practical, hands-on guide that provides you with all the tools you need to begin creating your own network graphs. You will learn how to import data, test multiple graph layouts, and publish your visualizations to the Web.

Network Graph Analysis and Visualization with Gephi will teach you how to create your own network graphs using Gephi. The book begins by taking you through the installation of Gephi and configuring the installation options. You will also get acquainted with the Gephi workspace and the various tools in Gephi. Next, you’ll use these tools to create your own graphs. If you need to add more capability to your personal toolkit, you will be learning to Download and install several of the best Gephi layout plugins. You will then use these layouts simultaneously to produce beautiful graphs. Also, you create and import data in Gephi and add some new plugins that extend Gephi even further. You also gain the skills to prepare and customize your network visualization for export.

By the end of this book, you will be able to create your own network graphs using Gephi, customize the look and feel of your graphs, and successfully publish them to the Web.

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