Force-direced layout

Oct 30, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Can I create a force-directed/spring layout in NodeXL that will help reduce edge crossings?

I have directed edges, but haven't found how to create a force-directed layout.


Oct 31, 2010 at 7:27 PM

I assume that you are using the NodeXL Excel Template, and that you are not a programmer asking about using NodeXL in your own application.

In that case, selecting NodeXL, Graph, Layout, Fruchterman-Reingold or Harel-Koren in the Excel ribbon will give you a force-directed layout.  Neither is optimized to reduce edge crossings, though.  There is an additional Layout option, called Sugiyama, that does attempt to reduce edge crossings, although it's slower with large graphs.  You might try experimenting with those three options.

-- Tony

Oct 31, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Thanks Tony! I found the layout options that allow you to increase the resistance between nodes, that seems to be the best option.