Displaying cliques in graph drawings
Relational information represented by graphs can be found in various areas. Understanding completely connected groups of items is useful in studying relational information. However, when displayed in the form of a graph drawing, completely connected graphs contain quadratically many edges relative to the number of their vertices. This may increase the difficulty in identifying useful information, such as maximal cliques, in the graph. This thesis attempts to display the maximal cliques and the cliques contained in two or more maximal cliques in a given graph in an explicit and clear fashion. In order to achieve the goal, the thesis defines two models, the clique-star and the reduced-clique-star, that represent given input graphs. Both representations reduce the number of edges of the original graphs while maintaining the information about the maximal cliques. This thesis shows that six classes of graphs that can be represented by planar clique-star representations, and four classes of graphs that can be represented by planar reduced-clique-star representations. It also empirically shows that small graphs or either very sparse or very dense graphs maybe beneficially represented by planar clique-star or planar reduced-clique-star representations.
DegreeMaster of Science (M.Sc.)
SupervisorKeil, J. Mark
CommitteeWu, Fangxiang; Dutchyn, Christopher; Cheston, Grant
Copyright DateSeptember 2010