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Walrus
Author(s):
Young Hyun
Institution:
CAIDA
Year:
2001
URL:
http://www.caida.org/tools/visualization/walrus/gallery1/
Project Description:
Walrus is an interactive visualization tool that allows the analyst to view massive graphs from any position. The graph is projected inside a 3D sphere using a special kind of space based hyperbolic geometry. This is a non-Euclidean space, which has useful distorting properties of making elements at the center of the display much larger than those on the periphery. You interact with the graph in Walrus by selecting a node of interest, which is smoothly moved into the center of the display, and that region of the graph becomes greatly enlarged, enabling you to focus on the fine detail. Yet the rest of the graph remains visible, providing valuable context of the overall structure. Hyperbolic space projection is commonly know as 'focus+context' in the field of information visualization and has been used to display all kinds of data that can be represented as large graphs in either two and three dimensions.
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