Thanks for the suggestions! Mosaic appears to solve my problem regarding the first approach. Just what I was looking for.
I haven't attempted the edge weighting yet, but it seems reasonably straightforward. I'll dig into that some time soon.
> Hi Jon!
> On 09/12/2012 09:47 AM, Jon Kornhauser wrote:
>> I am trying to use node attributes which are string attributes to influence the layout of a network. I can think of two approaches for this, but can't figure out how to do either one:
>> 1) Use a plugin (sorry, "app"!) such as Bubble Router to define regions on the graph, and assign nodes regions based on their attributes. Bubble Router does not appear to work with 2.8.3, and I haven't come across an alternative app (other than those which use GO terms, rather than any user-defined node attributes).
> Take a look at Mosaic -- it replaces BubbleRouter and there are ways to import your own "ontology".
>> Or, 2) Set a numerical edge attribute to each edge that connects nodes sharing the same attribute, and use this edge attribute to give a higher weight to those edges when using standard layouts. Again, the node attributes are string rather than numerical attributes.
>> Essentially, I would like to somehow "cluster" based on node string attributes.
> This one is trickier. You would need to develop some sort of "similarity" metric based on term co-occurrence. Depending on the number of terms, there are some pretty simple approaches:
> weight[xy] = sum(co[xyn])/nTerms
> where weight[xy] is the weight on the edge connecting node x and y and co[xyn] is the co-occurrence of term "n" in both x and y. Essentially, co[xyn] in your case would either be 0 or 1. The result would be a series of weights you could apply to the edges connecting your nodes.
> -- scooter
>> Any suggestions would be appreciated.
>> Thanks, Jon
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