Networks are used to relate topological structure to system dynamics and function, particularly in ecology systems biology. Network analysis is often guided or complemented by data-driven visualization. Hive one of many network visualizations, distinguish themselves as providing a general, consistent and coherent rule-based representation to motivate hypothesis development and testing.
Here, we present HyPE, Hive Panel Explorer, a software application that creates a panel of interactive hive plots. HyPE enables network exploration based on user-driven layout rules and parameter combinations for simultaneous of multiple network views. We demonstrate HyPE’s features by exploring a microbial co-occurrence network constructed from forest soil microbiomes.