User Guide

Clique is an application to research the political influence network of a politician from various angles. It visualizes the career of the selected person on a timeline. You can explore the changes in between two moments in time in the change visualization by selecting a period on the timeline. By selecting a person in the change visualization, you can review the commonalities between the two selected persons.


Start with selecting a person of interest. A personal timeline is generated which summarizes the politicians resume.

The x axis represents the time in years, the y axis the duration of a period. Every point represents a period on the timeline; building from the begin- and endpoint of the period, it is the top of a isosceles triangle. The height of the triangle indicates the duration of the period. The points are constructed as illustrated here:

construction points on the timeline with the Triangular Model

The numbers in the points indicate the amount of overlapping nodes. By clicking a point selects the one below, clicking again, te one below that; in that way it is possible to browse through the overlapping points. All points are restored when clicking any other point.

Sector colors

The sector in which companies are classified, is the ’Statistical classification of economic activity in the European Community’. The number behind the sector in the legend, is the amount of points in the timeline.

These are only the positions with a start- and end date. Positions without dates are not listed. Positions with only a known start date are listed. The end date that is generated is placed half a year in the future in order to be able to distinguish them from listed recent positions.

Selecting periods

By dragging the cursor, it is possible to select a period on the timeline. From this selection a network difference graph is generated.

Network difference graph

This graph summarizes the changes in the personal network between the start- and the end date in the timeline.

Squares represent companies, circles represent people. People are always attached to companies, never directly to other people. The symbols in the squares and circles represent the different types of change as illustrated below:

Different types of change

Nodes are merged per sector, per type of change. The size of the node indicate the amount of merged companies. By clicking the summarized nodes they collapse to the actual nodes.

In the graph persons can be selected to research their shared connections in a pop-up.

Shared connections

Three kinds of connections are explored: shared companies during the same period, shared sectors and shared contacts.

The selected person in the search field above can be changed to any other person.

By clicking the button below the personal timeline of the selected person is generated.