Computer Science Welcomes Larry Peterson Back to the Department.
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Prof. Larry Peterson back to the department. Larry was on our faculty from 1985 to 1998, serving as Head from 1996 to 1998. From 1998 to 2013, Larry was the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science at Princeton, where he was also Department Chair from 2003-2009.
Why Learn Computer Science?
GMap: An Algorithm for Visualizing Graphs as Maps
GMap is an algorithm for visualizing graphs as maps. Information visualization can be invaluable in making sense out of large data sets. However, traditional graph visualization methods often fail to capture the underlying structural information, clustering, and neighborhoods. GMap, provides a way to overcome some of the shortcomings with the help of the geographic map metaphor. While graphs, charts, and tables often require considerable effort to comprehend, a map representation is more intuitive, as most people are very familiar with maps and even enjoy carefully examining maps. The effectiveness of GMap is illustrated with examples from several domains, namely TV shows, Amazon books, and last.fm music.
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