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Abstract graphs or networks represent connections among objects. They arise naturally in many fields: software engineering, databases, AI and natural language processing, the analysis of biological information, and the study of other kinds of relationships - physical, logical, even financial and social structures.

Visualization is a key to understanding many forms of data, including graphs. Graphviz from our lab is a set of tools for graph visualization and related tasks, released as source code. Graphviz has several layout programs. "dot" draws asymmetric relationships such as oriented paths, flows and dependencies. "neato" and "fdp" draw symmetric relationships, such as communication networks, co-occurences and peer-to-peer structures. One strength of Graphviz is its flexibility and practicality: graph objects are not simply points and lines, but are attributed shapes (including HTML tables, multi-line text labels, colors) and curves drawn with various styles. Its drivers handle several popular formats (PS/PDF, SVG, GIF, PNG for web content) and other document formats. Another strength is its combination of interactive interfaces (for Unix, Microsoft Windows and Java) with stream-oriented graph processors for symbolic data filtering and analysis.

Many thousands of copies of Graphviz have been downloaded. It has been adopted by several leading academic and commercial projects. See the Resources page at www.graphviz.org for details.

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