GD2002: Graph Drawing Contest

Graph C

This is a new idea of Joe Marks and Sue Whitesides.

Background and Task

Interactive Graph Analysis

In previous graph-drawing contests the emphasis has been on the production of graph drawings that could be used to support a variety of unspecified visualization or analysis tasks. In this part of the contest we make the analysis tasks explicit and require contestants to conduct interactive graph analysis in real time. We hope that as in years past, this contest task will inspire new research into graph-drawing and graph-analysis methods! Two graphs will be used for this part of the contest. Graph A is a random graph G(n1, p1), where n1 = 40 and p1 = , i.e., Graph A has 40 nodes and the probability of an edge existing between any two nodes is 0.5. Graph B is larger and sparser: B = G(n2, p2), where n2 = 100 and p2 = (3 + ln(100))/100 = 0.07605. The nodes in each graph are numbered from 1 up to n. Furthermore, the nodes in each graph are colored either red, green, or blue with equal probability. Both graphs are available via the links below. The goal for this part of the contest is to answer questions about the two graphs in real time. Here are two sample questions to illustrate the kinds of questions that will be asked: The answers to all questions will be sets or ordered lists of nodes. Contestants can organize themselves in teams of up to three people. Each team can use any hardware, software, or drawings to aid them in answering the questions. The winning team will be the one that provides the best answers in real time to six questions.

Questions regarding this contest should be sent to Joe Marks () and Sue Whitesides (


The two graphs are available below in a variety of formats.

Graph A. [g40.csv, g40.gml,, g40.svg, g40.jpg]
Nodes 1-13 are RED.
Nodes 14-26 are GREEN.
Nodes 27-40 are BLUE.

Graph B. [g100.csv, g100.gml,, g100.svg, g100.jpg]
Nodes 1-33 are RED.
Nodes 34-66 are GREEN.
Nodes 67-100 are BLUE.