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# Beam Search¶

Beam search with dynamic beam width.

The progressive widening beam search repeatedly executes a beam search with increasing beam width until the target node is found.

```
import math
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import networkx as nx
def progressive_widening_search(G, source, value, condition, initial_width=1):
"""Progressive widening beam search to find a node.
The progressive widening beam search involves a repeated beam
search, starting with a small beam width then extending to
progressively larger beam widths if the target node is not
found. This implementation simply returns the first node found that
matches the termination condition.
`G` is a NetworkX graph.
`source` is a node in the graph. The search for the node of interest
begins here and extends only to those nodes in the (weakly)
connected component of this node.
`value` is a function that returns a real number indicating how good
a potential neighbor node is when deciding which neighbor nodes to
enqueue in the breadth-first search. Only the best nodes within the
current beam width will be enqueued at each step.
`condition` is the termination condition for the search. This is a
function that takes a node as input and return a Boolean indicating
whether the node is the target. If no node matches the termination
condition, this function raises :exc:`NodeNotFound`.
`initial_width` is the starting beam width for the beam search (the
default is one). If no node matching the `condition` is found with
this beam width, the beam search is restarted from the `source` node
with a beam width that is twice as large (so the beam width
increases exponentially). The search terminates after the beam width
exceeds the number of nodes in the graph.
"""
# Check for the special case in which the source node satisfies the
# termination condition.
if condition(source):
return source
# The largest possible value of `i` in this range yields a width at
# least the number of nodes in the graph, so the final invocation of
# `bfs_beam_edges` is equivalent to a plain old breadth-first
# search. Therefore, all nodes will eventually be visited.
log_m = math.ceil(math.log2(len(G)))
for i in range(log_m):
width = initial_width * pow(2, i)
# Since we are always starting from the same source node, this
# search may visit the same nodes many times (depending on the
# implementation of the `value` function).
for u, v in nx.bfs_beam_edges(G, source, value, width):
if condition(v):
return v
# At this point, since all nodes have been visited, we know that
# none of the nodes satisfied the termination condition.
raise nx.NodeNotFound("no node satisfied the termination condition")
```

## Search for a node with high centrality.¶

We generate a random graph, compute the centrality of each node, then perform the progressive widening search in order to find a node of high centrality.

```
G = nx.gnp_random_graph(100, 0.5)
centrality = nx.eigenvector_centrality(G)
avg_centrality = sum(centrality.values()) / len(G)
def has_high_centrality(v):
return centrality[v] >= avg_centrality
source = 0
value = centrality.get
condition = has_high_centrality
found_node = progressive_widening_search(G, source, value, condition)
c = centrality[found_node]
print(f"found node {found_node} with centrality {c}")
# Draw graph
pos = nx.spring_layout(G)
options = {
"node_color": "blue",
"node_size": 20,
"line_color": "grey",
"linewidths": 0,
"width": 0.1,
}
nx.draw(G, pos, **options)
# Draw node with high centrality as large and red
nx.draw_networkx_nodes(G, pos, nodelist=[found_node], node_size=100, node_color="r")
plt.show()
```

Out:

```
found node 0 with centrality 0.10488311845773242
```

**Total running time of the script:** ( 0 minutes 0.327 seconds)