Show edges as a density map

This geom makes it possible to add a layer showing edge presence as a density map. Each edge is converted to n points along the line and a jitter is applied. Based on this dataset a two-dimensional kernel density estimation is applied and plotted as a raster image. The density is mapped to the alpha level, making it possible to map a variable to the fill.

geom_edge_density(mapping = NULL, data = get_edges("short"),
  position = "identity", show.legend = NA, n = 100, ...)

Set of aesthetic mappings created by aes or aes_. By default x, y, xend, yend, group and circular are mapped to x, y, xend, yend, and circular in the edge data.


The return of a call to get_edges() or a data.frame giving edges in corrent format (see details for for guidance on the format). See get_edges for more details on edge extraction.


Position adjustment, either as a string, or the result of a call to a position adjustment function.


logical. Should this layer be included in the legends? NA, the default, includes if any aesthetics are mapped. FALSE never includes, and TRUE always includes. It can also be a named logical vector to finely select the aesthetics to display.


The number of points to estimate in the x and y direction, i.e. the resolution of the raster.


Other arguments passed on to layer(). These are often aesthetics, used to set an aesthetic to a fixed value, like color = "red" or size = 3. They may also be parameters to the paired geom/stat.


In order to avoid excessive typing edge aesthetic names are automatically expanded. Because of this it is not necessary to write edge_colour within the aes() call as colour will automatically be renamed appropriately.


geom_edge_density understand the following aesthetics. Bold aesthetics are automatically set, but can be overridden.

  • x

  • y

  • xend

  • yend

  • edge_fill

  • filter

Computed variables

x, y

The coordinates for each pixel in the raster


The density associated with the pixel

See Also

Other geom_edge_*: geom_edge_arc, geom_edge_diagonal, geom_edge_elbow, geom_edge_fan, geom_edge_hive, geom_edge_link, geom_edge_loop

  • geom_edge_density
gr <- make_graph('bull')
E(gr)$class <- sample(letters[1:3], gsize(gr), replace = TRUE)

ggraph(gr, 'igraph', algorithm = 'nicely') +
  geom_edge_density(aes(fill = class)) +
  geom_edge_link() + geom_node_point()

# }
Documentation reproduced from package ggraph, version 1.0.2, License: GPL-3

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