import numpy as np import holoviews as hv from holoviews import opts hv.extension('matplotlib')
Graph element provides an easy way to represent and visualize network graphs. It differs from other elements in HoloViews in that it consists of multiple sub-elements. The data of the
Graph element itself are the abstract edges between the nodes. By default the element will automatically compute concrete
y positions for the nodes and represent them using a
Nodes element, which is stored on the Graph. The abstract edges and concrete node positions are sufficient to render the
Graph by drawing straight-line edges between the nodes. In order to supply explicit edge paths we can also declare
EdgePaths, providing explicit coordinates for each edge to follow.
To summarize a
Graph consists of three different components:
Graphitself holds the abstract edges stored as a table of node indices.
Nodeshold the concrete
ypositions of each node along with a node
Nodesmay also define any number of value dimensions, which can be revealed when hovering over the nodes or to color the nodes by.
EdgePathscan optionally be supplied to declare explicit node paths.
This reference document describes only basic functionality, for a more detailed summary on how to work with network graphs in HoloViews see the User Guide.
A simple Graph¶
Let's start by declaring a very simple graph connecting one node to all others. If we simply supply the abstract connectivity of the
Graph, it will automatically compute a layout for the nodes using the
layout_nodes operation, which defaults to a circular layout:
# Declare abstract edges N = 8 node_indices = np.arange(N) source = np.zeros(N) target = node_indices padding = dict(x=(-1.2, 1.2), y=(-1.2, 1.2)) simple_graph = hv.Graph(((source, target),)) simple_graph.opts(padding=0.1)
The Graph element also allows indicating the directionality of graph edges using arrows. To enable the arrows set
directed=True and to optionally control the
arrowhead_length provide a length as a fraction of the total graph extent:
Accessing the nodes and edges¶
We can easily access the
EdgePaths on the
Graph element using the corresponding properties:
simple_graph.nodes + simple_graph.edgepaths
Next we will extend this example by supplying explicit edges, node information and edge weights. By constructing the
Nodes explicitly we can declare an additional value dimensions, which are revealed when hovering and/or can be mapped to the color by specifying the
color. We can also associate additional information with each edge by supplying a value dimension to the
Graph itself, which we can map to a color using the
# Node info np.random.seed(7) x, y = simple_graph.nodes.array([0, 1]).T node_labels = ['Output']+['Input']*(N-1) edge_weights = np.random.rand(8) # Compute edge paths def bezier(start, end, control, steps=np.linspace(0, 1, 100)): return (1-steps)**2*start + 2*(1-steps)*steps*control+steps**2*end paths =  for node_index in node_indices: ex, ey = x[node_index], y[node_index] paths.append(np.column_stack([bezier(x, ex, 0), bezier(y, ey, 0)])) # Declare Graph nodes = hv.Nodes((x, y, node_indices, node_labels), vdims='Type') graph = hv.Graph(((source, target, edge_weights), nodes, paths), vdims='Weight') graph.opts( opts.Graph(cmap=['blue', 'red'], edge_cmap='viridis', edge_color='Weight', node_color='Type', padding=0.1))
For full documentation and the available style and plot options, use