Force Directed Flow Map Layout

Alberto Debiasi, Bruno Simões, Raffaele De Amicis


A flow map is a thematic map that is been used to emphasize the spatial pattern of one or more geographic attributes. Although this kind of thematic maps is often drawn by hand, a few automatic computer algorithms exist. In this research paper, we proposed a novel algorithm for the automatic generation of flow maps that is theoretically grounded on physics’ laws to describe the motion and force of attraction or repulsion between points. Properties associated to these laws are then used to merge different flows, as well as for the improvement of the maps’ visual quality. Finally, we evaluate our work by generating a set of flow maps and by doing a comparison with flow maps produced by existing algorithms.


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Paper Citation

in Harvard Style

Debiasi A., Simões B. and De Amicis R. (2014). Force Directed Flow Map Layout . In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information Visualization Theory and Applications - Volume 1: IVAPP, (VISIGRAPP 2014) ISBN 978-989-758-005-5, pages 170-177. DOI: 10.5220/0004744601700177

in Bibtex Style

author={Alberto Debiasi and Bruno Simões and Raffaele De Amicis},
title={Force Directed Flow Map Layout},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information Visualization Theory and Applications - Volume 1: IVAPP, (VISIGRAPP 2014)},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information Visualization Theory and Applications - Volume 1: IVAPP, (VISIGRAPP 2014)
TI - Force Directed Flow Map Layout
SN - 978-989-758-005-5
AU - Debiasi A.
AU - Simões B.
AU - De Amicis R.
PY - 2014
SP - 170
EP - 177
DO - 10.5220/0004744601700177