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Layout algorithms for graphs form the basis of effective and efficient visualization of networks.
Thus, automatic graph drawing is important in core areas of computer science like data bases, software engineering, VLSI and network design, and visual user interfaces. It is also relevant in other application areas, for example, in engineering, chemistry and biology, and social or political science.
Various algorithmic methods for automatic graph drawing will be treated, for instance, force-directed or flow-based methods.