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Visual analysis and exploration of complex corporate shareholder networks

: Tekusová, Tatiana; Kohlhammer, Jörn


Börner, K. ; Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers -SPIE-, Bellingham/Wash.; Society for Imaging Science and Technology -IS&T-:
Visualization and data analysis 2008. CD-ROM : Proceedings of Electronic imaging, science and technology; 28 - 29 January 2008, San Jose, California, USA
Bellingham, WA: SPIE, 2008 (SPIE Proceedings Series 6809)
ISBN: 978-0-8194-6981-6
Paper 68090F
Conference "Visualization and Data Analysis" <2008, San Jose/Calif.>
Annual Symposium on Electronic Imaging, Science and Technology <20, 2008, San Jose/Calif.>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IGD ()
visual analytic; application; information visualization; data analysis; graph

The analysis of large corporate shareholder network structures is an important task in corporate governance, in financing, and in financial investment domains. In a modern economy, large structures of cross-corporation, cross-border shareholder relationships exist, forming complex networks. These networks are often difficult to analyze with traditional approaches. An efficient visualization of the networks helps to reveal the interdependent shareholding formations and the controlling patterns.
In this paper, we propose an effective visualization tool that supports the financial analyst in understanding complex shareholding networks. We develop an interactive visual analysis system by combining state-oft he- art visualization technologies with economic analysis methods. Our system is capable to reveal patterns in large corporate shareholder networks, allows the visual identification of the ultimate shareholders, and supports the visual analysis of integrated cash flow and control rights. We apply our system on an extensive real-world database of shareholder relationships, showing its usefulness for effective visual analysis.