“Automated display techniques for linear graphs” by Maguire

  • ©R. Brien Maguire




    Automated display techniques for linear graphs

Session/Category Title: Education



    The development of display procedures for drawing pictures of linear graphs is described. The facility to model relationships pictorially has led to the use of graph theoretic techniques in many different applications. While computers normally work with a numeric representation of a graph such as its incidence matrix, manual transformation of such representations into pictures is a tedious process. An interactive graphics system has been developed which, through a combination of heuristic techniques and semi-automatic procedures, creates visual representations of graphs with a minimum of user intervention. The resultant pictures display mirror-image and rotational symmetries that occur within the graph. This very general approach of displaying symmetry in graphs has proven useful in studies of several classes of graphs. However, the system is primarily a research tool designed for use by mathematicians and graph theorists. Difficulties entailed in adapting the display procedures to more specific application areas are discussed.


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