Maximum Entropy Summary Trees

This page permanently hosts the supplementary material for the paper "Maximum Entropy Summary Trees" by Howard Karloff and Kenneth E. Shirley. Here is a link to the pdf of the paper.

Howard Karloff and Kenneth E. Shirley, "Maximum Entropy Summary Trees", Computer Graphics Forum (Proc. EuroVis), Volume 32, Issue 3, Part 1, pp. 71-80, June 2013.


Click here for the Appendix to the paper. It contains proofs of some of the theorems in the paper, as well as an interesting bad example for the greedy heuristic.


Below are some example pictures of summary trees. Click any of the five links below to view .pdf files, each of which contains a set of 99 summary trees (with k=2, 3, ..., 100 nodes) for a real-world data set (where the data set descriptions are taken from the paper):
  1. Web Traffic: A set of aggregated webpage visits to a large Internet portal by a sample of a million users on one day in March, 2012. The nodes of this tree are webpages that are organized hierarchically into categories (such as "/home/news/international/russia," for example, or "/home/sports/baseball"), and the weights are the number of clicks per webpage aggregated across all users. There are 19,335 nodes in this tree, with a depth of 17 levels, a range of zero to 365 children per node, and total weight of over 260 million. The distribution of weights per node is highly skewed, with one webpage receiving over 20% of all clicks, and a long tail in which 45% of webpages received 3 or fewer clicks.
  2. The Carl Gauss subtree of the Mathematics Genealogy Project: This tree has 43,527 nodes, all given a weight of 1. For students with multiple advisors, we forced the graph to be a tree by assigning the primary advisor as the parent. We thank The Mathematics Genealogy Project for the use of its data.
  3. Hard Drive: One co-author's hard drive, which contains 15,671 files and directories, with node weights set to file sizes in kilobytes. This drive has a total of 143,990,819 kilobytes of disk space, where the tree has a depth of 6 levels, and the number of children per node ranges from zero to 5,342.
  4. Tree of Life: The phylogenetic tree data from the Tree of Life Web Project. This tree has 94,080 nodes, 54,121 of which represent a species or subspecies (and were given a weight of 1), and the other 39,959 of which represent a taxonomic categorization (such as ``animal" or ``plant," and thus were given a weight of zero).
  5. Org chart: A section of an employee organizational chart, from a large company, which contains 43,134 employees, all given a weight of one.

For a good viewing experience, I like to open one of these .pdf files using Preview (the default .pdf viewer for Mac), and choose two settings: (1) View → PDF Display → Single Page, and (2) View → Automatically Resize, and then scroll through the 99 pages of the file using the arrow keys.

[page last updated: June, 2013]