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I am creating a diagram of dependencies for a system we are using, showing what can have an influence on what. That is working fine but I have a lot of intersections (and probably more to come) which can make it quite complicated read and follow the lines.

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I'm now trying to draw bridges for those intersections, similar to Intersection of 2 lines not really connected in TikZ , but automated as it would otherwise take too much time.

\documentclass[a4paper]{scrartcl} [10pt,letterpaper]
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{calc,shapes.geometric, arrows,positioning}
\usepackage{xcolor}
\begin{document}
\begin{figure}
\tikzstyle{ele} = [rectangle, rounded corners, minimum width=2.427cm, minimum height=1.5cm, align=center, draw=black, fill=yellow!50]
\begin{tikzpicture}[node distance=3.927cm]
    %Nodes
    \node (Person) [ele] {Person};
    \node (Club) [ele, right =of Person] {Club};
    \node (Member) [ele, below = of Person] {Member};
    \node (Bal) [ele, right = of Club] {Balance};
    \node (MP) [ele, below = of Bal] {Membership \\ Package};
    \node (Group) [ele, below = of Club] {Group};
    \node (Level) [ele, below = of MP] {Level};
    \node (Rec) [ele, below = of Group] {Recognition};
    \node (Pref) [ele, below = of Member] {Preference};
    %Lines
    \path (Person) edge [->,thick] (Member);
    \path (Member) edge [->,thick] (Group);
    \path (Pref) edge [->,thick] (Group);
    \path (Group) edge [<->,thick] (Rec);
    \path (Club) edge [->,thick] (Level);
    \path (MP) edge [->,thick] (Level);
    \path (Group) edge [<->,thick] (Level);
    \path (Club) edge [->,thick] (MP);
    \path (Group) edge [->,thick] (MP);
    \path (Group) edge [<->,thick] (Bal);
    \path (Club) edge [->,thick] (Bal);
    \path (Bal) edge [->,thick] (Rec);
    \path (Club) edge [->,thick] (Member);
    \path (MP) edge [->,thick,bend left=45] (Member);
    \path (Club) edge [->,thick] (Group);
    \path (MP) edge [->,thick] (Bal);
    \path (Club) edge [->,thick,bend right=45] (Rec);
    \path (Level) edge [->,thick] (Rec);
    \path (Member) edge [->,thick,bend right=20] (Rec);
    \path (MP) edge [->,thick] (Person);
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{figure}
\end{document}

I'm also open to a radically other display of those dependencies if somebody has a better idea.

  • I personally would only rub the lines out with [draw=white,double=black,double distance=\pgflinewidth] since otherwise the plot will be super busy. – user121799 Feb 7 '18 at 14:51
  • the current figure is not so good! my suggestion: rearrange nodes' position and use color for line connecting them. – Black Mild Feb 7 '18 at 14:57
  • what you mean with "automate"? as far as i can imagination, this is not simple even possible task. you should identified each intersection etc ... to ma taste, that you like to achieve will make your diagram less clear :-(. – Zarko Feb 7 '18 at 14:57
  • @BlackMild Tried to rearrange the nods, didn't really help. Everytime I rearranged, the intersections simply moved. Also asked our graphics departement if they have a better idea to visualise this, but with no result. Colours might be the way to go with marmot's proposal. – Shade Feb 7 '18 at 15:30

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