Visualizing Social Network - Part 2
In Part 1, I wrote mostly about how I ended up working in SNA and I touched a bit on how Gephi can be used as the simplest solution to visualize your network.
Unfortunately for yours truly - I suck at it.
Of course while I could spend some of my precious time learning a new language, I guess I could also make use of some ready-made tools available in the market.
I chose Qlikview in this case. Mostly because it has a free personal license (who doesn't like free stuff right?)
|D3's front page (http://d3js.org/)|
That's what I call being very flexible.
In any case, I browsed around and the best extension that I could find which enabled me to visual a network came from here. It's not what I would say - visually stunning. But it's good enough for a prototype.
|It looked something like this. For obvious reasons I can't divulge my client's info :)|
While Qlikview might not be the best tool to visual a social network, it does has it's plus points in giving one the ability to tie up data from different graphs and tabs together. For example, I could click on one node, and have his details automatically show up in another graph - which saves you time when you're doing your slicing and dicing.