# graph-operators

##### Graph operators

Graph operators handle graphs in terms of set theory.

- Keywords
- graphs

##### Usage

```
graph.union(...)
graph.disjoint.union(...)
graph.intersection(...)
graph.compose(g1, g2)
graph.difference(big, small)
graph.complementer(graph, loops=FALSE)
x %c% y
x %du% y
x %m% y
x %s% y
x %u% y
```

##### Arguments

- ...
- Graph objects or lists of graph objects.
- g1,g2,big,small,graph,x,y
- Graph objects.
- loops
- Logical constant, whether to generate loop edges.

##### Details

A graph is homogenous binary relation over the set 0, ..., |V|-1, |V| is the number of vertices in the graph. A homogenous binary relation is a set of ordered (directed graphs) or unordered (undirected graphs) pairs taken from 0, ..., |V|-1. The functions documented here handle graphs as relations.

`graph.union`

creates the union of two or more graphs. Ie. only
edges which are included in at least one graph will be part of the new
graph.

`graph.disjoint.union`

creates a union of two or more disjoint
graphs. Thus first the vertices in the second, third, etc. graphs are
relabeled to have completely disjoint graphs. Then a simple union is
created.

`graph.intersection`

creates the intersection of two or more
graphs: only edges present in all graphs will be included.

`graph.difference`

creates the difference of two graphs. Only
edges present in the first graph but not in the second will be be
included in the new graph.

`graph.complementer`

creates the complementer of a graph. Only
edges which are *not* present in the original graph will be
included in the new graph.

`graph.compose`

creates the composition of two graphs. The new
graph will contain an (a,b) edge only if there is a vertex c, such
that edge (a,c) is included in the first graph and (c,b) is included
in the second graph.

These functions do not handle vertex and edge attributes, the new graph will have no attributes at all. Yes, this is considered to be a bug, so will likely change in the near future.

##### Value

- A new graph object.

##### Examples

```
g1 <- graph.ring(10)
g2 <- graph.star(10, mode="undirected")
graph.union(g1, g2)
graph.disjoint.union(g1, g2)
graph.intersection(g1, g2)
graph.difference(g1, g2)
graph.complementer(g2)
graph.compose(g1, g2)
```

*Documentation reproduced from package igraph, version 0.4.4, License: GPL version 2 or later (June, 1991)*