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Convert Sage's Graph to NetworkX graph

asked 2012-02-13 11:03:40 +0200

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updated 2015-01-14 11:56:11 +0200

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I want to use a function of networkx. More specifically I want to use the function


provided in the networkx package included in Sage. For more information see here.

But, I have a Sage graph constructed with:


So I want to convert the Sage's Graph() object to a networkx object. How I do that?

Best regards.

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answered 2012-02-13 11:18:02 +0200

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updated 2012-02-13 11:21:57 +0200

You can simply call the method .networkx_graph():

sage: import networkx as nx
sage: G = graphs.PetersenGraph()             
sage: ng = G.networkx_graph()                
sage: ng
<networkx.classes.graph.Graph object at 0xd3c2f8c>
sage: nx.double_edge_swap(ng)                

Incidentally, I didn't know this five minutes ago, so I should tell you how I found out. Lots of functionality for Sage objects lives inside them, in methods. Typically conversion functions are either called ".targettype" or "._targettype_", so I tried

sage: G.netw[HERE I HIT TAB]

which looked promising. And then typing

sage: G.networkx_graph?

gives the documentation:

       Creates a new NetworkX graph from the Sage graph.


       * "copy" - if False, and the underlying implementation is a
         NetworkX graph, then the actual object itself is returned.


          sage: G = graphs.TetrahedralGraph()
          sage: N = G.networkx_graph()
          sage: type(N)
          <class 'networkx.classes.graph.Graph'>

          sage: G = graphs.TetrahedralGraph()
          sage: G = Graph(G, implementation='networkx')
          sage: N = G.networkx_graph()
          sage: G._backend._nxg is N

          sage: G = Graph(graphs.TetrahedralGraph(), implementation='networkx')
          sage: N = G.networkx_graph(copy=False)
          sage: G._backend._nxg is N

PS: Okay, to be perfectly honest, I tried it first and only looked at the documentation when I came to write this. But I would've looked at the documentation if it hadn't worked, I promise! :^)

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Thanks very much DSM. That solves my problem. Fool of me. I tried using TAB in sage's notebook, and googled a lot. But I couldn't find it.

juanpool gravatar imagejuanpool ( 2012-02-13 12:31:33 +0200 )edit

To get this, you need to do G.[tab], not G[tab]. In case that's where the confusion came in.

kcrisman gravatar imagekcrisman ( 2012-02-13 13:50:18 +0200 )edit

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