Hive plots were invented by Martin Krzywinski as a perceptually uniform and scalable alternative to standard node-edge layouts. In hive plots nodes are positioned on axes radiating out from a center based on their own information e.g. membership of a class, size of neighborhood, etc. Edges are then drawn between nodes as bezier curves. As the placement of nodes is not governed by convoluted algorithms but directly reflects the qualities of the nodes itself the resulting plot can be easier to interpret as well as compare to other graphs.

layout_tbl_graph_hive(
  graph,
  axis,
  axis.pos = NULL,
  sort.by = NULL,
  divide.by = NULL,
  divide.order = NULL,
  normalize = TRUE,
  center.size = 0.1,
  divide.size = 0.05,
  use.numeric = FALSE,
  offset = pi/2,
  split.axes = "none",
  split.angle = pi/6,
  circular = FALSE
)

Arguments

graph

An tbl_graph object

axis

The node attribute to use for assigning nodes to axes

axis.pos

The relative distance to the prior axis. Default (NULL) places axes equidistant.

sort.by

The node attribute to use for placing nodes along their axis. Defaults (NULL) places nodes sequentially.

divide.by

An optional node attribute to subdivide each axis by.

divide.order

The order the axis subdivisions should appear in

normalize

Logical. Should axis lengths be equal or reflect the number of nodes in each axis. Defaults to TRUE.

center.size

The size of the blank center, that is, the start position of the axes.

divide.size

The distance between subdivided axis segments.

use.numeric

Logical, If the sort.by attribute is numeric, should these values be used directly in positioning the nodes along the axes. Defaults to FALSE which sorts the numeric values and positions them equidistant from each other.

offset

Change the overall rotation of the hive plot by changing the offset of the first axis.

split.axes

Should axes be split to show edges between nodes on the same axis? One of:

'none'

Do not split axes and show in-between edges

'loops'

Only split axes that contain in-between edges

'all'

Split all axes

split.angle

The angular distance between the two axes resulting from a split.

circular

Ignored.

Value

A data.frame with the columns x, y, r, center_size, split, axis, section, angle, circular as well as any information stored as node variables in the tbl_graph object.

Details

In order to be able to draw all edges without edges crossing axes you should not assign nodes to axes based on a variable with more than three levels.

References

Krzywinski, M., Birol, I., Jones, SJM., and Marra, MA. (2012). Hive plots-rational approach to visualizing networks. Brief Bioinform 13 (5): 627-644. https://doi.org/10.1093/bib/bbr069

http://www.hiveplot.net

See also