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Force-directed visualization for conceptual data models
Author(s): Andrew Battigaglia; Noah Sutter
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Paper Abstract

Conceptual data models are increasingly stored in an eXtensible Markup Language (XML) format because of its portability between different systems and the ability of databases to use this format for storing data. However, when attempting to capture business or design needs, an organized graphical format is preferred in order to facilitate communication to receive as much input as possible from users and subject-matter experts. Existing methods of achieving this conversion suffer from problems of not being specific enough to capture all of the needs of conceptual data modeling and not being able to handle a large number of relationships between entities. This paper describes an implementation for a modeling solution to clearly illustrate conceptual data models stored in XML formats in well organized and structured diagrams. A force layout with several different parameters is applied to the diagram to create both compact and easily traversable relationships between entities.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 March 2017
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 10341, Ninth International Conference on Machine Vision (ICMV 2016), 103412H (17 March 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2268432
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew Battigaglia, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)
Noah Sutter, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10341:
Ninth International Conference on Machine Vision (ICMV 2016)
Antanas Verikas; Petia Radeva; Dmitry P. Nikolaev; Wei Zhang; Jianhong Zhou, Editor(s)

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