Optimization Goal

Property Value
Type: advanced
Identifier: org.eclipse.elk.rectpacking.optimizationGoal
Meta Data Provider: options.RectPackingMetaDataProvider
Value Type: org.eclipse.elk.alg.rectpacking.options.OptimizationGoal (Enum)
Default Value: OptimizationGoal.MAX_SCALE_DRIVEN (as defined in org.eclipse.elk.rectpacking)
Applies To: nodes


Optimization goal for approximation of the bounding box given by the first iteration. Determines whether layout is sorted by the maximum scaling, aspect ratio, or area. Depending on the strategy the aspect ratio might be nearly ignored.

Additional Documentation

The packing strategy specifies what is most important during approximation of the drawing width. During the approximation phase four different node positions are considered for a new node: Right of the last node, below the last node, right of the whole drawing, below the whole drawing. These possible positions are rated based on the strategy.

Strategy Meaning
MAX_SCALE_DRIVEN Filters possible placement options for scale measure, area, and aspect ratio in this order.
ASPECT_RATIO_DRIVEN Filters possible placement options for aspect ratio, area, and aspect ratio in this order.
AREA_DRIVEN Filters possible placement options for area, scale measure, and aspect ratio in this order.


For the same graph the initial drawing for the width approximation might influence the drawing a lot. With a aspect ratio of 2.5 the different strategies result in the following initial drawings:

Strategy Drawing