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Network Graph in R

How to make network graphs in R with Plotly.

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Read Graph File

We are using the well-known social network of Zachary's karate club. GML format file can be collected from here.


data(karate, package="igraphdata")
G <- upgrade_graph(karate)
L <-

Create Vertices and Edges

vs <- V(G)
es <-

Nv <- length(vs)
Ne <- length(es[1]$V1)

Create Nodes


Xn <- L[,1]
Yn <- L[,2]

network <- plot_ly(x = ~Xn, y = ~Yn, mode = "markers", text = vs$label, hoverinfo = "text")

Creates Edges

edge_shapes <- list()
for(i in 1:Ne) {
  v0 <- es[i,]$V1
  v1 <- es[i,]$V2

  edge_shape = list(
    type = "line",
    line = list(color = "#030303", width = 0.3),
    x0 = Xn[v0],
    y0 = Yn[v0],
    x1 = Xn[v1],
    y1 = Yn[v1]

  edge_shapes[[i]] <- edge_shape

Create Network

axis <- list(title = "", showgrid = FALSE, showticklabels = FALSE, zeroline = FALSE)

p <- layout(
  title = 'Karate Network',
  shapes = edge_shapes,
  xaxis = axis,
  yaxis = axis



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