Science: Mathematics
Graph Bestiary   (+5, -1)  [vote for, against]
A medieval inspired tome, describing, one page at a time, principle shapes, properties and types of graph.

Starting with basic types such as Complete (regular and bipartite), Barbell, Lollipop, but also including Cavemen (relaxed and otherwise) and Jellyfish.

Features of each type, which algorithms are best applied to them and their likelihood of being found under certain situational contexts are mentioned in a text panel off to the side.

The leather bound tome is illuminated in the most meticulous detail and stashed away for thousands of years at a time, but a website version is available too for perusal via a screen.
-- zen_tom, Sep 22 2016

Flickr: Hairy Graphs
[zen_tom, Jan 24 2017]

Heyre Be Barcharts.
-- MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 22 2016

Whilst it is important to categorise different types of data visualisation methods, folks like Edward Tufte (and his hatred of pie-charts) have done that already - here we're talking about the other type of graphs, nodes and edges forming up into networks and such.

So different social graphs might conform to (relaxed) caveman patterns, whilst the internet (famously) is a jellyfish.

There's been a fair amount of work in this area, but it remains very academic and esoteric - I suspect though that were someone to collect this set of information together and package it up to help its practical application, that would be a good and useful thing to do.

I'm not sure, but chemistry and crystallography probably has paved the way in this direction, albeit for graphs that are symmetrical, regular tilings of space and can be considered to go on indefinitely, buckminsterfullerines, and organic molecules of long, chainlike collections, undoubtedly some categorisation based on general shape and associated properties must exist that could form a base - ontop of which these other less regular shapes could also be included.
-- zen_tom, Sep 23 2016

Then I could learn it, and be less ignorant!
-- beanangel, Sep 24 2016

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