local_edge_connectivity¶

local_edge_connectivity
(G, u, v, flow_func=None, auxiliary=None, residual=None, cutoff=None)[source]¶ Returns local edge connectivity for nodes s and t in G.
Local edge connectivity for two nodes s and t is the minimum number of edges that must be removed to disconnect them.
This is a flow based implementation of edge connectivity. We compute the maximum flow on an auxiliary digraph build from the original network (see below for details). This is equal to the local edge connectivity because the value of a maximum stflow is equal to the capacity of a minimum stcut (Ford and Fulkerson theorem) [1] .
Parameters:  G (NetworkX graph) – Undirected or directed graph
 s (node) – Source node
 t (node) – Target node
 flow_func (function) – A function for computing the maximum flow among a pair of nodes.
The function has to accept at least three parameters: a Digraph,
a source node, and a target node. And return a residual network
that follows NetworkX conventions (see
maximum_flow()
for details). If flow_func is None, the default maximum flow function (edmonds_karp()
) is used. See below for details. The choice of the default function may change from version to version and should not be relied on. Default value: None.  auxiliary (NetworkX DiGraph) – Auxiliary digraph for computing flow based edge connectivity. If provided it will be reused instead of recreated. Default value: None.
 residual (NetworkX DiGraph) – Residual network to compute maximum flow. If provided it will be reused instead of recreated. Default value: None.
 cutoff (integer, float) – If specified, the maximum flow algorithm will terminate when the
flow value reaches or exceeds the cutoff. This is only for the
algorithms that support the cutoff parameter:
edmonds_karp()
andshortest_augmenting_path()
. Other algorithms will ignore this parameter. Default value: None.
Returns: K – local edge connectivity for nodes s and t.
Return type: integer
Examples
This function is not imported in the base NetworkX namespace, so you have to explicitly import it from the connectivity package:
>>> from networkx.algorithms.connectivity import local_edge_connectivity
We use in this example the platonic icosahedral graph, which has edge connectivity 5.
>>> G = nx.icosahedral_graph() >>> local_edge_connectivity(G, 0, 6) 5
If you need to compute local connectivity on several pairs of nodes in the same graph, it is recommended that you reuse the data structures that NetworkX uses in the computation: the auxiliary digraph for edge connectivity, and the residual network for the underlying maximum flow computation.
Example of how to compute local edge connectivity among all pairs of nodes of the platonic icosahedral graph reusing the data structures.
>>> import itertools >>> # You also have to explicitly import the function for >>> # building the auxiliary digraph from the connectivity package >>> from networkx.algorithms.connectivity import ( ... build_auxiliary_edge_connectivity) >>> H = build_auxiliary_edge_connectivity(G) >>> # And the function for building the residual network from the >>> # flow package >>> from networkx.algorithms.flow import build_residual_network >>> # Note that the auxiliary digraph has an edge attribute named capacity >>> R = build_residual_network(H, 'capacity') >>> result = dict.fromkeys(G, dict()) >>> # Reuse the auxiliary digraph and the residual network by passing them >>> # as parameters >>> for u, v in itertools.combinations(G, 2): ... k = local_edge_connectivity(G, u, v, auxiliary=H, residual=R) ... result[u][v] = k >>> all(result[u][v] == 5 for u, v in itertools.combinations(G, 2)) True
You can also use alternative flow algorithms for computing edge connectivity. For instance, in dense networks the algorithm
shortest_augmenting_path()
will usually perform better than the defaultedmonds_karp()
which is faster for sparse networks with highly skewed degree distributions. Alternative flow functions have to be explicitly imported from the flow package.>>> from networkx.algorithms.flow import shortest_augmenting_path >>> local_edge_connectivity(G, 0, 6, flow_func=shortest_augmenting_path) 5
Notes
This is a flow based implementation of edge connectivity. We compute the maximum flow using, by default, the
edmonds_karp()
algorithm on an auxiliary digraph build from the original input graph:If the input graph is undirected, we replace each edge (\(u\),`v`) with two reciprocal arcs (\(u\), \(v\)) and (\(v\), \(u\)) and then we set the attribute ‘capacity’ for each arc to 1. If the input graph is directed we simply add the ‘capacity’ attribute. This is an implementation of algorithm 1 in [1].
The maximum flow in the auxiliary network is equal to the local edge connectivity because the value of a maximum stflow is equal to the capacity of a minimum stcut (Ford and Fulkerson theorem).
See also
edge_connectivity()
,local_node_connectivity()
,node_connectivity()
,maximum_flow()
,edmonds_karp()
,preflow_push()
,shortest_augmenting_path()
References
[1] (1, 2) AbdolHossein Esfahanian. Connectivity Algorithms. http://www.cse.msu.edu/~cse835/Papers/Graph_connectivity_revised.pdf