ICWSM 2011 Tutorial
Sebastien Heymann and Julian Bilcke
Gephi is an interactive visualization and exploration software for all kinds of networks and relational data: online social networks, emails, communication and financial networks, but also semantic networks, inter-organizational networks and more. Designed to make data navigation and manipulation easy, it aims to fulfill the complete chain from data importing to aesthetics refinements and interaction. Users interact with the visualization and manipulate structures, shapes and colors to reveal hidden properties. The goal is to help data analysts to make hypotheses, intuitively discover patterns or errors in large data collections.
In this tutorial we will provide a hands-on demonstration of the essential functionalities of Gephi, based on a real case scenario: the exploration of student networks from the "Facebook100" dataset (Social Structure of Facebook Networks, Amanda L. Traud et al, 2011). The participants will be guided step by step through the complete chain of representation, manipulation, layout, analysis and aesthetics refinements. Particular focus will be put on filters and metrics for the creation of their first visualizations. They will be incited to compare the hypotheses suggested by their own exploration to the results actually published in the academic paper afterwards. They finally will walk away with the practical knowledge enabling them to use Gephi for their own projects. The tutorial is intended for professionals, researchers and graduates who wish to learn how playing during a network exploration can speed up their studies.
Sébastien Heymann is a Ph.D. Candidate in Computer Science at Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France. His research at the ComplexNetworks team focuses on the dynamics of realworld networks. He leads the Gephi project since 2008, and is the administrator of the Gephi Consortium.
Julian Bilcke is a Software Engineer at ISC-PIF (Complex Systems Institute of Paris, France). He is a founder and a developer for the Gephi project since 2008.