Combining and Grouping Nodes

KeyLines combos

As organizations rely more and more on graph insight, the volume and complexity of data being visualized has exploded. The result: overloaded charts and overwhelmed analysts.

KeyLines combos are the perfect solution. They’re visual groupings of nodes and links, which can be styled, opened, closed, nested and moved around. They’re an intuitive and powerful way to explore your most complex networks.

Simplify complexity

Grouping nodes by a shared characteristic, we can simplify a complex view. Large datasets can be explored in a manageable and meaningful way:

Grouping nodes by nationality

It’s also possible to nest combos and transfer nodes between them, resulting in a more realistic – but still legible – representation of your original data.

Combos can be nested inside one another
Combos can be nested inside one another

Detail on demand

Users can open combos to see what’s inside, without cluttering the chart. This ‘detail on demand’ approach means insight can be uncovered without overwhelming the user.

Hide, show and explore detail on demand

Reveal links between groups

People form associations – gangs, cells, cliques, organizations. Using combos, you can observe inter-group dynamics and observe interactions between clusters and specific nodes.

Represent real-world group, organizations or cliques
Represent real-world group, organizations or cliques

Tidy the chart

Another use of combos is to merge duplicate nodes. If you suspect two nodes that are actually one person using an alias, or perhaps their name was misspelled and entered as a second time as a duplicate you can simply combine them into a single node in your chart and carry on.

This eliminates the need for users to make time-consuming changes in their original data, or commit to permanent changes without being certain their data is incorrect.

Deduplicate nodes and tidy a messy dataset

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