The Linear Layout visualization is a productive approach to network visual analytics. It is a scalable, computationally fast, and straight-forward network visualization method that makes possible visual interpretation of network structure and evolution.
The linear layout method can be applied to data structures other than networks. Fundamentally, the method requires that your data structure can be mapped onto a set of pairwise relationships. The objects of each pair can be network nodes, but they can also be an interval or spatial position.
The power of the method is realized when you can classify your objects (e.g. assign them to an axis) and, for each object, compute a meaningful property (e.g. degree, to determine object position on the axis).
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