Convex treemaps with bounded aspect ratio

M.T. de Berg, B. Speckmann, V. van der Weele

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Treemaps are a popular technique to visualize hierarchical data. The input is a weighted tree T where the weight of each node is the sum of the weights of its children. A treemap for T is a hierarchical partition of a rectangle into simply connected regions, usually rectangles. Each region represents a node of T and the area of each region is proportional to the weight of the corresponding node. An important quality criterium for treemaps is the aspect ratio of its regions. Unfortunately, one cannot bound the aspect ratio if the regions are restricted to be rectangles. Hence Onak and Sidiropoulos introduced polygonal partitions, which use convex polygons. We are the first to obtain convex partitions with optimal aspect ratio O(depth(T )). We also consider the important special case that depth(T ) = 1, that is, single-level treemaps. We show how to construct convex single-level treemaps that use only four simple shapes for the regions and have aspect ratio at most 34/7.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event27th European Workshop on Computational Geometry (EuroCG 2011) - Morschach, Switzerland
Duration: 28 Mar 201130 Mar 2011
Conference number: 27


Workshop27th European Workshop on Computational Geometry (EuroCG 2011)
Abbreviated titleEuroCG


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