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prefuse - 9/11 Terrorist Network
Jeffrey Heer, Alan Newberger
UC Berkeley Group for User Inteface Research
Project Description:
prefuse is a user interface toolkit for building highly interactive visualizations of structured and unstructured data. This includes any form of data that can be represented as a set of entities (or nodes) possibly connected by any number of relations (or edges). Examples of data supported by prefuse include hierarchies (organization charts, taxonomies, file systems), networks (computer networks, social networks, web site linkage) and even non-connected collections of data (timelines, scatterplots).

These images show a prefuse applet that visualizes suspected connections between terrorists involved in the September 11th attacks. The width of the line indicates how strong the suspected link is. People are placed on concentric circles based on the number of links between them and the central person, making it easy to measure the social distance between the central person and any other person.

This applet applies re-implementations of techniques used in Animated Exploration of Dynamic Graphs with Radial Layout by Ping Yee, Danyel Fisher, Rachna Dhamija, and Marti Hearst, IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization, 2001.

Comments (1):
I'd like to see the connections these purported terrorists have to military, intelligence, and government officials as well as other militant groups allied or fighting against western forces in former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and the 'stans. If this was done we'd see that there would be many and long standing relationships to US and other western countries. What does that mean? Blowback? Maybe complicity?

Posted by lida on Mar 29, 2008 at 3:14 AM (GMT)

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