Proceedings: GI 2010

Interactive searching and visualization of patterns in attributed graphs

Pierre-Yves Koenig, Faraz Zaidi, Daniel Archambault

Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2010: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 31 May - 2 June 2010, 113-120

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    author = {Koenig, Pierre-Yves and Zaidi, Faraz and Archambault, Daniel},
    title = {Interactive searching and visualization of patterns in attributed graphs},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2010},
    series = {GI 2010},
    year = {2010},
    issn = {0713-5424},
    isbn = {978-1-56881-712-5},
    location = {Ottawa, Ontario, Canada},
    pages = {113--120},
    numpages = {8},
    publisher = {Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society},
    address = {Toronto, Ontario, Canada},


Searching for patterns in graphs and visualizing the search results is an active area of research with numerous applications. With the continual growth of database size, querying these databases often results in multiple solutions. Text-based systems present search results as a list, and going over all solutions can be tedious. In this paper, we present an interactive visualization system that helps users find patterns in graphs and visualizes the search results. The user draws a source pattern and labels it with attributes. Based on these attributes and connectivity constraints, simplified subgraphs are generated, containing all the possible solutions. The system is quite generic and capable of searching patterns and approximate solutions in a variety of data sets.