Network visualizations

"That is a very graphic analogy which aids understanding wonderfully while being, strictly speaking, wrong in every possible way," said Ponder [Stibbons].
—Making Money, T. Pratchett.

Still, people seem to enjoy looking at large networks...

  • Flight patterns over the USA (as rendered by Aaron Koblin; see here for more images and information):
  • Network of romantic ties between adolescents living in a mid-size town in the midwestern US:
    The meaning of the node colors should be obvious. From
    Chains of affection: The structure of adolescent romantic and sexual networks.
    P. S. Bearman, J. Moody, K. Stovel.
    American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 100, 44–91.