Network Analysis


What is Network Analysis?

Network analysis is link analysis data in a graphical format. Link analysis is the evaluation of the relationships between entities.

Agents can visualize links in PII (including phone numbers, addresses, emails, IP addresses, etc.) between entities.

Graphs and links can be display sequentially or structurally, and can be grouped by Status, Entity Type/Subtype or by Link.

1 . Click on any given entity from the Dashboard Explorer:

  1. Navigate to their full details view:
  1. Click on the Network Analysis tab.
  2. Hit the Run New Analysis button. Running a new analysis will provide you with a detailed graphic that displays the connections that explored in the Link Analysis section and their associated entities:
  1. You can update which data fields/links you would like to view in the right-hand column labeled Show:
  1. At the bottom of your view, you can see a graph that denotes the transaction frequency in a given time period:
  1. Once you find a connection of relevance, the relationship is displayed in the bottom right hand side of the window:
  1. Click on the relationship to view more information:
  1. This view allows Layout and Grouping options that we urge you to explore.
  • These fields allow you to view different data configurations that can suit your team’s specific use case.
  • Our intent is to provide your investigative teams with a more holistic view of the links to your entity and those associated with it.

Layout Options

Standard/Organic Layout:

  • This is a force-directed layout, meaning that links will be of similar length. Node and edge overlap will be reduced as the layout evenly distributes items across the chart.
  • This layout is viable for any type or size of data, and is particularly useful in finding patterns and symmetries. Note: This is the default layout.

Structural Layout:

  • This layout functions in a similar fashion to the Standard Layout except nodes with the sharing a neighboring node will be grouped together. This makes it easier to view the general organization of a network.
  • By giving you an overview of the clusters within a network, the structural layout allows you to see groupings and patterns without the need to focus on any one element.

Sequential Layout:

  • This layout is useful for displaying data with a clear sequence of links between distinct levels of nodes. It takes multiple components into account, minimizing link crossings and making efficient use of the available screen space.
  • This layout will automatically work out where to place nodes, using the direction of the arrows associated with links connecting data.
  • Alternatively, this layout allows you to specify the exact level of each node within a sequence. This is helpful when understanding data with a clear parent-child relationship between nodes, but where the nodes also have a set tier or level that needs to be communicated.
  • When viewing very wide node trees, consider using the radial layout, as it makes better use of space to show a multitude of nodes in lower levels.

Lens Layout:

  • This layout pushes highly-connected nodes into the center and forces less connected nodes outwards. Due to its circular arrangement, the lens layout makes good use of the available space and generally creates networks that are denser than other layouts.
  • This is the optimal layout for arranging items inside open combinations, but you can also use the concentric arrangement.


Quick tip:

You can select any node and drag it to a new position to update the layout to fit your needs.

We allow you to group by four distinct fields: Status, Entity Type, Entity Subtype, and Links.

  • This allows you to group your nodes by the fields outlined above, giving your teams the opportunity to pinpoint specific nodes that you want to investigate.
  • Status, Entity Type, and Entity Subtype are all directly linked to the entity that you run the link analysis report on, while the links grouping option groups links together (i.e. you have five transactions going back and forth between two users, this would group together the nodes that share a link).
  • Grouping by none removes any groupings within your graphic.

Additional Functionality

Some of the ways that you can interact with specific links and entities found in the graphic interface:

  • If you click on a specific entity, you can view all of the connections associated with it.
  • From there, you can view the full details of all associated instruments and transactions by clicking on the box with the arrow icon to the right of the thing you’d like to investigate further.
  • Additionally, you can hide the item that you have selected in the ‘Hide’ area just above the highlighted tab on the right side of your view.

Transaction events are depicted as dashed arrows and give you the value of the event in USD.

  • Clicking on these will create an outline of the given event of the transaction graph on the bottom of the view.

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