Edges and networks


Edges in Conedy indicate that two nodes are in some way dynamically coupled. The excact form of this coupling depends on the node. For example the same edge may represent diffusive coupling for ordinary differential equations or a coupling as one would expect for a coupled map lattice in case of iterated maps.

Edges provide the target node with two variables:

  • state: The state which is offered by the coupled node, possibly transformed by the edge. For most edges this is the zeroth dynamical variable of the coupled node.
  • weight: A floating point number for the coupling strength. Again, the provided number depends on the edge type.

See subsection equations in section Defining new node types on how weight and state are processed by the target node.

Edge templates

In analogy to Node templates, most functions for network creation and manipulation accept edge templates as a parameter. For example the following code will add two Lorenz oscillators to a network and connect them with an edge with weight 0.1:

N = co.network()
firstNodeNumber = N.addNode(co.lorenz())
secondNodeNumber = N.addNode(co.lorenz())

Here weightedEdge provides the edge template, which is directly passed to addEdge.

Edge types

Conedy provides several edge types:

  • edge: An edge with weight 1.0.
  • weightedEdge: An edge whose weight is given as an argument.
  • staticWeightedEdge: Like weightedEdge, but all edges of this type share the same weight. The usage of staticWeightedEdge may significantly reduce the memory consumption of large networks, which is usually made up mainly by edges.
  • stepEdge: Takes one argument threshold. The returned state is 1 if the zeroth dynamical variable of the coupled node is smaller than threshold and 0 otherwise.
  • randomTarget: Every time the target of such an edge is queried, it will return a random node. The range from which this node can be chosen can be given as an argument to randomTarget. This edge type is intended for use with pulse-coupled oscillators, but may also be used with map nodes, where it randomizes the source instead of the target though. You will never want to use this edge type with differential equation dynamics (trust us).
  • component: Like edge, but with an argument you can specify target to return any dynamical variable, not just the zeroth one.
  • staticComponent: Like component, but the returned dynamical variable is shared among all edges of this kind.

There also exist variants of stepEdge, randomTarget, component and staticComponent with weights and static weights. All arguments have to be supplied in the order implied by the name. The edge staticComponent_randomTarget, e.g., will first require a number for the dynamical variable as in staticComponent and then two numbers for the range of chosen nodes as in randomTarget.

See the reference for edges for a list of available edge types and their syntax.

Network creation and manipulation

Networks in Conedy can be either directed or undirected. Directed networks can be declared by one of the following two commands,

while undirected networks are declared by

While many of the network creation and manipulation functions behave in the same way, indepently how the network was declared, some functions come in two variants. For example addEdge will, for a directed network, create only one edge between the specified nodes. For a undirected network, however, two edges are created in both directions between the two nodes. In principle, any network implementable in Conedy can be created step by step in Python using only the elementary functions addNode and addEdge. For example the following commands create a “line” of 100 lorenz nodes connected by binary edges:

N = co.network()
nodeNumbers = [N.addNode(co.lorenz()) for i in range(100)]
for i in range(99):
        N.addEdge(nodeNumbers[i], nodeNumbers[i+1], co.edge())

Beside these elementary functions, Conedy supplies more complex functions, which add more than one node and edge at the same time. For example, instead of the above commands, the line command might have been used:

N = co.network()
N.line(100, 1, co.lorenz(), co.edge())

Functions, which create more than one node will return the number of the first created node. Other created nodes have consecutive numbers. Note that most of these functions add a structure to the network without clearing it beforehand. However, if you want to clear a network, you can do so with the clear command.

Apart from such network creation functions, there are some network manipulation functions like rewire, which might help you to create the desired network. Similar as addEdge this function behaves differently for directed and undirected networks.

An example for this is given in the tutorial.

You can also create a network directly from adjacency data in a file with the commands createFromAdjacencyList and createFromAdjacencyMatrix.

See Creation and manipulation for a full list of commands in Conedy, which create or manipulate networks.

Network Measures

Once you have created a network, you can apply network analysis tools to it. For example if a network’s creation involved randomness, you might want to check, whether it is connected with the isConnected command.

Conedy also includes some node-specific measures like centralities

if N.isConnected():

Here the betweenness and closeness centrality of each node are saved in the text files betweenness or closeness respectively, if N is a connected network.

See Network Measures for a complete list of supplied network measures.

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