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Is there any software that for drawing graphs (edges and nodes) that gives detailed maths data such as degree of each node, density of the graph and that can help with shortest path problem and with algorithms such as Dijkstra ?


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Community wiki? – Austin Mohr Aug 22 '11 at 12:13
Possible Duplicate – VelvetThunder Aug 22 '11 at 14:55

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If you are comfortable using Python, I've found NetworkX to be quite useful for generating graphs and doing the types of calculations you mention.

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graphviz is quite good and opensource. I used my own software to create dot- files and let graphviz interpret them. I have used it on Linux, but there seems to exist a windows-port as well.

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+1,for graphviz. – VelvetThunder Aug 22 '11 at 14:56

Gephi is a respectable package for network analysis. It can calculate the usual network measures, apply various filters, can draw graphs in various ways, and so on.

Here's an example of a network drawn by Gephi:

Example Gephi drawing

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A very quick trip to Google showed me Graph Magic (an actual software) and graphdrawing (a group concerned with graph software, and that appears to have high standards and experience from their site), both of which look to be excellent and exactly what you ask.

For what it's worth, when I Felt Lucky, I went here.

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Please explain the downvote - perhaps you didn't like the fact that I emphasized how easy it was to get this information from google. But it's accurate, and graph magic does look very good. – mixedmath Aug 22 '11 at 11:02

I also found Cytoscape quite interesting. (also Mathematica from Wolfram)

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I also found NodeBox with Graph very interesting ( – graphtheory92 Aug 24 '11 at 10:49

Have you heard of CmapTools? It's dedicated for concept maps, but if you don't mind having keywords on every arc, you could give it a try. CmapTools in action. Imagine you leave the arc keywords blank...

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Try Sage ! It does all this and much more.


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I've not used it personally, but Petersen is supposed to be nice.

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You could try NS2 which is a network simulator. It will not give you proofs but can give you a simulation.

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You could try Gephi at . It is an open source graph visualization system

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Cytoscape is a pretty good tool for constructing and visualizing graphs. It provides you quite a few node and network parameters.

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