Abstract

Effectively visualizing large graphs and capturing the statistical properties are two challenging tasks. To aid in these two tasks, many sampling approaches for graph simplification have been proposed, falling into three categories: node sampling, edge sampling, and traversal-based sampling. It is still unknown which approach is the best. The authors evaluate commonly used graph sampling methods through a combined visual and statistical comparison of graphs sampled at various rates. They conduct their evaluation on three graph models: random graphs, small-world graphs, and scale-free graphs. Initial results indicate that the effectiveness of a sampling method is dependent on the graph model, the size of the graph, and the desired statistical property. This benchmark study can be used as a guideline in choosing the appropriate method for a particular graph sampling task, and the results presented can be incorporated into graph visualization and analysis tools.

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