[R] igraph and plotting connected components

Duncan Murdoch murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Tue Oct 9 02:44:32 CEST 2007

On 08/10/2007 8:27 PM, Dieter Best wrote:
> Hello there,
>   I am using the igraph package to build graphs from my data. If I plot a graph though, it's not easy for me to see what's going on. Does anybody know how to rearrange a graph to get a plot without too many crossing lines? Maybe other packages?

Rgraphviz in Bioconductor does a great job of this.  It's a wrapper for 
the Graphviz library, so the R docs are a little sparse, but there's a 
tremendous amount of flexibility there.

For example,

nodes <- c("R", "Scheme", "S", "APL", "Lisp", "Fortran", "Ratfor",
            "CLOS", "C", "Haskell")

edges <- list(R=character(0), Scheme=c("R","Haskell"), S="R", APL=c("S",
               "Haskell"), Lisp=c("Scheme", "S", "CLOS","Haskell"),
               Fortran="Ratfor", Ratfor="S", CLOS="S",
               C=c("S","R","Ratfor"), Haskell="R")

g <- new("graphNEL", nodes=nodes, edgeL=edges, edgemode="directed")

Duncan Murdoch

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