2010 09 10 NodeXL Automation Dialog

Fully automatic: NodeXL can build your network graphs hands free

In many cases I look at a network graph and apply a series of operations to transform it into a more presentable form.  For example, I often calculate graph metrics, use Autofill columns to map data to display attributes like size, color, or shape, create clusters, sub-graph images, and then select the Harel-Koren layout and select the options so that small components get lined up in neat rows at the bottom of the graph.  I like the edges to be gray and partially transparent.  I often set the font size to a large 24 points because I scale the graph to about 10% of its full size to reduce occlusion.

Carrying out each of these operations once is no problem.  Repeat 100 times and there is a problem.

The NodeXL team completed another phase of our automation feature, allowing users to build a refined graph with any set of configuration that can be applied to any number of other networks.

Along with the automated collection system, NodeXL can now generate a regular stream of network graphs from social media sources.

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