Visualization Techniques for Network Analysis and Link Analysis Algorithms

Ying Zhao, Ralucca Gera, Quinn Halpin, Jesse Zhou


Military applications require big distributed, disparate, multi-sourced and real-time data that have extremely high rates, high volumes, and diverse types. Warfighters need deep models including big data analytics, network analysis, link analysis, deep learning, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to transform big data into smart data. Explainable deep models will play a more essential role for future warfighters to understand, interpret, and therefore appropriately trust, and effectively manage an emerging generation of artificially intelligent machine partners when facing complex threats. In this paper, we show how visualization is used in two typical deep models with two use cases: network analysis, which addresses how to display and present big data both in the exploratory and discovery process, and link analysis, which addresses how to display and present the smart data generated from these processes. By using various visualization tools such as D3, Tableau, and lexical link analysis, we derive useful information from discovering big networks to discovering big data patterns and anomalies. These visualizations become intepretable and explainable deep models that can be readily used by warfighters and decision makers to achieve the sense making and decision making superiority.


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