Query and download from the Nexus network repository

The Nexus network repository is an online collection of network data sets. These functions can be used to query it and download data from it, directly as an igraph graph.

## S3 method for class 'nexusDatasetInfo':
print(x, ...)

## S3 method for class 'nexusDatasetInfoList': summary(object, ...)

## S3 method for class 'nexusDatasetInfoList': print(x, ...)

nexus_list(tags = NULL, offset = 0, limit = 10, operator = c("or", "and"), order = c("date", "name", "popularity"), nexus.url = igraph_opt("nexus.url"))

nexus_info(id, nexus.url = igraph_opt("nexus.url"))

nexus_get(id, offset = 0, order = c("date", "name", "popularity"), nexus.url = igraph_opt("nexus.url"))

nexus_search(q, offset = 0, limit = 10, order = c("date", "name", "popularity"), nexus.url = igraph_opt("nexus.url"))

## S3 method for class 'nexusDatasetInfoList': [(x, i)

The nexusDatasetInfo object to print.
A character vector, the tags that are searched. If not given (or NULL), then all datasets are listed.
An offset to select part of the results. Results are listed from offset+1.
The maximum number of results to return.
A character scalar. If or (the default), then all datasets that have at least one of the given tags, are returned. If it if and, then only datasets that have all the given tags, are returned.
The ordering of the results, possible values are: date, name, popularity.
The URL of the Nexus server. Don't change this from the default, unless you set up your own Nexus server.
The numeric or character id of the data set to query or download. Instead of the data set ids, it is possible to supply a nexusDatasetInfo or nexusDatasetInfoList object here directly and then the query is done on the correspondi
Nexus search string. See examples below. For the complete documentation please see the Nexus homepage at
Currently ignored.

Nexus is an online repository of networks, with an API that allow programatic queries against it, and programatic data download as well.

The nexus_list and nexus_info functions query the online database. They both return nexusDatasetInfo objects. nexus_info returns more information than nexus_list.

nexus_search searches Nexus, and returns a list of data sets, as nexusDatasetInfo objects. See below for some search examples.

nexus_get downloads a data set from Nexus, based on its numeric id, or based on a Nexus search string. For search strings, only the first search hit is downloaded, but see also the offset argument. (If there are not data sets found, then the function returns an error.)

The nexusDatasetInfo objects returned by nexus_list have the following fields: [object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]

nexusDatasetInfo objects returned by nexus_info have the following additional fields: [object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]

The results of the Nexus queries are printed to the screen in a consise format, similar to the format of igraph graphs. A data set list (typically the result of nexus_list and nexus_search) looks like this: NEXUS 1-5/18 -- data set list [1] kaptail.4 39/109-223 #18 Kapferer tailor shop [2] condmatcollab2003 31163/120029 #17 Condensed matter collaborations+ [3] condmatcollab 16726/47594 #16 Condensed matter collaborations+ [4] powergrid 4941/6594 #15 Western US power grid [5] celegansneural 297/2359 #14 C. Elegans neural network Each line here represents a data set, and the following information is given about them: the character id of the data set (e.g. kaptail or powergrid), the number of vertices and number of edges in the graph of the data sets. For data sets with multiple graphs, intervals are given here. Then the numeric id of the data set and the reamining space is filled with the name of the data set.

Summary information about an individual Nexus data set is printed as NEXUS B--- 39 109-223 #18 kaptail -- Kapferer tailor shop + tags: directed; social network; undirected + nets: 1/KAPFTI2; 2/KAPFTS2; 3/KAPFTI1; 4/KAPFTS1 This is very similar to the header that is used for printing igraph graphs, but there are some differences as well. The four characters after the NEXUS word give the most important properties of the graph(s): the first is U for undirected and D for directed graphs, and B if the data set contains both directed and undirected graphs. The second is N named graphs. The third character is W for weighted graphs, the fourth is B if the data set contains bipartite graphs. Then the number of vertices and number of edges are printed, for data sets with multiple graphs, the smallest and the largest values are given. Then comes the numeric id, and the string id of the data set. The end of the first line contains the name of the data set. The second row lists the data set tags, and the third row the networks that are included in the data set.

Detailed data set information is printed similarly, but it contains more fields.


  • nexus_list and nexus_search return a list of nexusDatasetInfo objects. The list also has these attributes: [object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]

    nexus_info returns a single nexusDatasetInfo object.

    nexus_get returns an igraph graph object, or a list of graph objects, if the data set consists of multiple networks.

See Also

  • [.nexusDatasetInfoList
  • nexus
  • nexus.get
  • nexus.list
  • nexusDatasetInfo
  • nexus_get
  • nexus_info
  • nexus_list
  • nexus_search
  • print.nexusDatasetInfo
  • print.nexusDatasetInfoList
  • summary.nexusDatasetInfoList
nexus_list(limit=3, order="name")
nexus_list(limit=3, order="name")[[1]]
g <- nexus_get(2)

## Data sets related to 'US':

## Search for data sets that have 'network' in their name:

## Any word can match
nexus_search("blog or US or karate")
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