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Hilbert and Moore Treemap Layouts Prototype

This repository hosts the C++ prototype for a research paper published at the EuroVis 2021. It contains the source code, datasets, and scripts to reproduce the results.

When you use parts of this repository within your publications, consider referencing its accompanying publications or the latest release:

  • Willy Scheibel, Christopher Weyand, Joseph Bethge, and Jürgen Döllner: "Algorithmic Improvements on Hilbert and Moore Treemaps for Visualization of Large Tree-structured Datasets". In Proc. EuroVis 2021 - Short Papers. The Eurographics Association, 2021. doi: 10.2312/evs.20211065
  • Willy Scheibel and Jürgen Döllner: "Constructing Hierarchical Continuity in Hilbert & Moore Treemaps". In Proc. EuroVis 2023 - Posters. The Eurographics Association, 2023.
  • Willy Scheibel, Christopher Weyand, and Joseph Bethge: "Hilbert and Moore Treemap Layouts Prototype". Zenodo. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.7934497

Example layout of the Firefox source code:

Firefox Layout Firefox Treemap Screenshot

Notes for Practitioners

The prototype is a command-line-based tool to load CSV-encoded text files that contain path-encoded nodes and additional attributes that can be selected as weights for the layout computation. The tool is capable of reading the data, derive a tree structure, and perform preprocessing and layouting of Hilbert and Moore treemaps for datasets with millions of nodes. The main output of the tool is the resulting layouts both in plain text and SVG format. The layouting process can be measured by means of run-time performance and the resulting layouts can be assessed using treemap layout techniques.


The project and its command-line tool have the following dependencies:

  • git
  • C++17
  • CMake
  • Python3


This project is generally buildable by using a standard CMake setup with the CMakeLists.txt in the project root. As a small shortcut, you can use the configure script as well:

$ git submodule init
$ git submodule update # gather the internal glm dependency
$ ./configure # sets up a local config directory
$ ./configure
$ cmake --build build

Command-line Interface

The main build target of this project is the hilbert-moore-treemap-layouts command-line program. This program exposes the following arguments:


# Treemap configuration
--dataset [file]
    a file containing nodes and weight data
--datasets [file]
    a file whose contents are paths to dataset files (use in combination with --datasets-prefix)
--datasets-prefix [path]
    the path prefix for dataset identifiers from a datasets file
--weights [string]
    select the column to use as weight data
--partition [greedy|minmax|minvariance]
    choose the partitioning algorithm
--algorithm [hilbert|moore]
    choose the space-filling curve
    read dataset files from stdin

# Measurements
    measure and output run-time performance
    measure and output layout metrics
    export last layout as svg
    export last layout as in text format (left, bottom, with, height)
    print dataset statistics

Steps for Reproduction of the Results

The scripts are based on bash and Python 3.

$ ./scripts/
$ ./scripts/
$ ./scripts/
$ ./scripts/

The results are stored in the resources directory.

Notes for Researchers and Collaborators

The tool is currently limited to layout creation, including the required preprocessing steps and the measurements. For this to get a full and usable visualization tool, a rendering component, a more sophisticated geometry creation, and a scene management are required, too.

If your are interested in the visualization of tree-structured data or further resources from us, feel free to contact us for a collaboration.



High-Res Firefox Layout