Kenelyze’s first 2020 release brings automated network updates, multiple node dragging and more

Happy 2020! Kenelyze starts the year with a brand new release which is available right now for all users. It includes various features and improvements which aim to make working with networks even easier. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s new:

Network updates

This major new feature allows you to update previously created networks with new data on the fly, without having to go through the data import process again. When importing a dataset while a network is loaded into Kenelyze in the background, you will now be presented with the option to update the current network or create a new network (see the image above).

If the currently loaded network includes import settings, Kenelyze will automatically locate these and use them for the update. If the network does not yet include import settings (because it was created using a previous version of Kenelyze), you will be asked to pick your columns using the regular import process. You’ll only have to do this once – from now on, import settings are always saved when saving a network. You’ll get a message such as the one below when Kenelyze has succesfully located import settings:

When updating a network, Kenelyze compares the nodes and links in the currently loaded network with the nodes and links resulting from the imported dataset. Any new nodes and links are added automatically. Nodes and links which are not present anymore in the new dataset will be removed from the network. If you do not wish to remove nodes, you can uncheck the first checkbox in the Update settings shown above. This can be handy when the dataset you are importing only holds ‘new’ data (for example, on a separate Excel sheet), without also including the rows used for the initial network.

Newly added nodes are highlighted in the network when the update process is complete. If you do not wish this to happen, you can uncheck the second checkbox under Update settings.

When the update process is finished, Kenelyze will show you an update report with more details on the changes made to the network:

When updating a network, all metrics calculated for the previous network will be recalculated based on the new network structure. The options you chose for node/links colors and sizes will also be reapplied.

This new feature can be a significant time saver when working with networks which receive periodical updates to the datasets they are based on. When you have new data available, it is now not necessary anymore to recreate the network from scratch – you can simply use the Update Network functionality to incorporate the new data in the network.

Multiple node dragging

Dragging individual nodes to new positions has always been possible in Kenelyze. It is now also possible to drag multiple nodes at the same time by (1) selecting the nodes using the selection tool and (2) dragging one of the selected nodes to move all selected nodes at the same time. For example, in the image below the yellow nodes were repositioned to the left:

This can be handy when you want to make quick adjustments to the layout of the network, for example by creating more space between communities of densely interconnected nodes.

Improved selection

Improvements have been made with regard to the performance of the selection mode, which now responds much faster when selecting nodes in larger networks.

Various bug fixes

Various bugs were fixed in this release, including an error when hovering nodes in Explore Mode with Edit Mode turned on, a bug when changing colors from the table accessible from the color legend, and various small tweaks to the interface of the data import process.

Thanks to all users for their continuous feedback! Many of the features and improvements listed above are the result of your feedback and comments. If you need any support with the new features, please drop us a line at support@kenelyze.com.

If you’re interested in a demonstration of the platform, please let us know via the ‘Schedule demo’ button above. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Contact

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Kenelyze is a product by Kenedict Innovation Analytics