How can I clean up a busy map?
There are many ways to manipulate the information within the networks in LinkSViewer. Some have been addressed already in a section called Customize Map Contents
, and a few more are introduced here. If you familiarize yourself with these different methods of manipulation and data exclusion you will be able to simplify any map and focus on the information that is important to you.
Control What Information is Shown
There are several ways to control and manipulate the information in you maps that have already been explained in the section called Customize Map Contents
. You can use the tabs or identify types of nodes or types of relationships that you can exclude from your map and use these different methods to simplify a complex map. Click to learn more about these controls
will often be surrounded by Pendants
. Pendants are nodes that are connected to the network by only 1 link - they do not connect anything to anything else, they just hang off of the network like a pendant from a bracelet. When these pendants clutter up the core of the network around the Target Nodes, you can 'drop' them out of the network to get a much clearer view of the structure of the relationships in the network. Click to learn more about this features
MinLink is a contraction of the words 'minimum link.' The MinLink, found in the Taskbar
, is a way to set the minimum number of links that a node must have in the network you are looking at in order to be displayed. The default MinLink setting is always 2 - meaning that a node must have at least 2 connections in the network, other wise it is not displayed. Raising the MinLink to 3, 4, etc. will increase the minimum number of links and begin to remove the less-connected nodes in the network. This can be helpful for large busy networks if you are interested in seeing the most connected nodes in those networks. It is an easy way to clean up a busy network, but sometimes you may be interested in the less-connected nodes as well, and then this method will not answer all of your questions about the network structure.
The Link Cleaner is found in the Controls Panel
under the Hide/Show Links area. This is a very effective tool when you have a map that is too busy because it contains one or more nodes with lots and lots of links. For example, maps that contain two large investors (like Kleiner and Accel) that have lots of overlap between them. Also, maps with two universities that have lots of overlap (like Harvard and Stanford). If you are interested in the map for reasons other than the overlap between those two large nodes, increasing the Link Cleaner is the best way to clean that map up. Try increasing the link cleaner a little bit at a time. If you don't see any changes, increase it more until you find a level that cleans up the map, but doesn't remove any of the parts you are intersted in. Click to learn more about Link Cleaner