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Tutorial - Gephi

Tutorial - Gephi

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Published by Luv Walia
Gephi’s project aims to bring the perfect tool for visualizing and manipulating networks.
Gephi’s project aims to bring the perfect tool for visualizing and manipulating networks.

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Data Visualization with GEPHI
Vinod Gupta School of ManagementIIT Kharagpur
Gephi is dubbed as the Photoshop of Data Analytics. It isopen source software to visualize and manipulatecomplex data networks in an intuitive manner. This userguide is an attempt to present a walkthrough for the newuser.
Luv Walia
10BM60043Prabhjot Singh Bhatia
10BM60060
Class of 2012
 
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Contents
Introduction ............................................................................................................................................ 2What this tutorial is about and what it is not about ........................................................................... 2Who This Tutorial Is For ...................................................................................................................... 2Prerequisites ....................................................................................................................................... 2About Gephi ........................................................................................................................................ 2Features: ............................................................................................................................................. 3Uses for Gephi in Business .................................................................................................................. 3Fundamentals ......................................................................................................................................... 4Installing .............................................................................................................................................. 4Opening a file ...................................................................................................................................... 4Graph Visualization ................................................................................................................................. 5Layout Algorithms ................................................................................................................................. 10Installing plugins ................................................................................................................................... 20
The cover page image was created with Gephi Version 0.8.1 Beta using Force Atlas 2 layout algorithm
 
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Introduction
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.
Prerequisites
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.
 About Gephi
[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.

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