Having used gephi, http://www.gephi.org for some time, I’ve been wanting to look at alternative network engines, as people keen coming up with interesting data sets that sometimes seem to cause me a problem in Gephi for one reason or another. Finally with a 7 hour train journey behind me I took a look at one of the options I had previously shortlisted. This is Cytoscape, http://www.cytoscape.org. and a graph of some word association data that I previously gathered. It is imported into Cytoscape as a .csv file and with very little tweaking draws graphs such as this. Click on the image for a larger version.
|Cytoscape layout of chained word association data: (c) Steve Williams, Swansea University [cc-by]|