Data visualization is the representation of processed data using graphical means, so as to make iteasy to communicate the information clearly and effectively. There is a trade-off to be madebetween aesthetics and functionality. Gephi helps achieve this trade-off effortlessly.
What this tutorial is about and what it is not about
This tutorial is highly practical oriented. It guides one on how to go about data visualization, butlimits itself to Gephi. It remains limited to the basic tools and techniques available in Gephi, anddoes not attempt to discuss all available techniques.The tutorial uses an example dataset to show the implementation of the techniques. Screenshotshave been included for the same. The tutorial has been created on the basis of the latest availableversion, 0.8.1 beta. Future versions may or may not contain the features listed here, or mayimplement in a manner different from that listed here.In addition, this book does not specifically discuss the following topics.
The concepts of data visualization
The algorithm followed by various plugins
The internal working of the software.
Who This Tutorial Is For
This tutorial is aimed at the budding business professional, who is new to the software and wishes toget started with data visualization.
A basic understanding of data analysis techniques is necessary. Additionally, one must know how theresults of these analyses are to be interpreted for solving a real life problem. However, no prior datavisualization experience is necessary.To try out some of the advanced techniques for live data capture and visualization, one must becomfortable doing programming and setting up a server connected to the internet.
[Pronounced: G-fai] Gephi, an open source network visualization platform has a rich set of built infunctionalities and an intuitive user interface. The software provides a powerful and interactivevisualization and exploration tool for all kinds of networks and complex systems, all with a smoothlearning curve.As software for Exploratory Data Analysis, Gephi provides with a robust toolkit to explore,understand and manipulate graph structures, to reveal hidden insights. An analyst can makehypothesis, discover patterns and identify faults during data collection, all with a slick visualinterface to have an overall perspective of things. Gephi is a complementary tool to statistics, sincethe importance of visual thinking has finally been recognized. Additionally, Gephi has built in toolsfor Social Network Analysis.