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Genealogy of Influence Redux: Visualization with Many Eyes

Submitted by on January 28, 2007 – 1:17 pm 228 views 2 Comments

The other day I posted about an intriguing project by Mike Love called The Genealogy of Influence. You can check out his blog here. Since I also recently blogged about the Many Eyes project by IBM, I thought it would be interesting to see if I could take Mike’s original data and upload for visualization.

I took the source GraphML file here, and *very* quickly parsed it to generate a tab-delimited file. I simply parsed each EDGE entry using Perl and created a hash for each person. This hash listed the individuals that person influenced, the people they were influenced by, and a tally for each of those data sets. This data is obviously not normalized since I planned to try out a few different visualization types using the same source data.

e.g.

Person Knows Total Influenced (count) Total Influenced By (count)
Alkaji Pascal 1 0
AmmoniusSaccas Plotinus 2 2
AmmoniusSaccas Origen 2 2
Ampere Maxwell 1 2
Anaxagoras Pericles 3 0

The upload data set was posted here.

Here are some of the visualization types I experimented with.

Network Diagram
This is somewhat similar to the graph on the Geneaology of Influence site. However, it’s not a directed graph, and it’s not interactive like TouchGraph.

Treemap
I think the treemap is probably the most interesting alternative to the network/graph diagram. You can easily switch between the people that were most influential, and also who had the most influences.

Bubble Chart
I tried this last visualization method just for kicks. The bubble chart isn’t the most effective visualization, but it does allow you to easily see influence by bubble size.

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  • Semantic Wikis and Faceted Browsing: The Ultimate Knowledge Database

    Every 6 months or so I mix things up and alternate my primary area of focus between studying philosophy and pursuing my creative technical interests (e.g. my multitude of pet/geek projects). I decided to switched gears a couple weeks ago…

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