Take the 2-minute tour ×
Cross Validated is a question and answer site for people interested in statistics, machine learning, data analysis, data mining, and data visualization. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Does this type of chart have a name? More importantly, is there any visualization library I can use to produce it?

alt text http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2007/12/15/us/politics/DEBATE.html

share|improve this question
add comment

3 Answers

up vote 7 down vote accepted

Take a look at Circos:

Circos is a software package for visualizing data and information. It visualizes data in a circular layout — this makes Circos ideal for exploring relationships between objects or positions.

The flowing data blog also had a post on this that you might find interesting:

share|improve this answer
    
@grautur I'd like to add this one too: mkweb.bcgsc.ca/circos/tableviewer –  chl Sep 29 '10 at 7:26
    
@chl: very handy, I hadn't seen it. Thanks for pointing it out! –  ars Sep 30 '10 at 6:08
    
another funny website: visualizing.org –  chl Oct 4 '10 at 20:15
add comment

I found that the dependency graph in Flare is also similar to what I want:

http://flare.prefuse.org/apps/dependency_graph

share|improve this answer
add comment

I would just add:

As you point out, Flare has the dependency graph, which Aleks Jakulin argued was similar but better. This was based original on the "Hierarchical Edge Bundles: Visualization of Adjacency Relations in Hierarchical Data" (Holden 2006).

I personally prefer to use Protovis to Flare directly, and you can look at Mike Bostock's example of the same graphic. Here is also an example of an Arc Diagram in Protovis, which is very similar but laid out linearly.

share|improve this answer
    
Protovis looks to have been replaced with d3. –  Jarrod Dixon Feb 24 '12 at 3:20
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.