eigen_centrality

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Find Eigenvector Centrality Scores of Network Positions

eigen_centrality takes a graph (graph) and returns the eigenvector centralities of positions v within it

Keywords
graphs
Usage
eigen_centrality(graph, directed = FALSE, scale = TRUE, weights = NULL,
  options = arpack_defaults)
Arguments
graph

Graph to be analyzed.

directed

Logical scalar, whether to consider direction of the edges in directed graphs. It is ignored for undirected graphs.

scale

Logical scalar, whether to scale the result to have a maximum score of one. If no scaling is used then the result vector has unit length in the Euclidean norm.

weights

A numerical vector or NULL. This argument can be used to give edge weights for calculating the weighted eigenvector centrality of vertices. If this is NULL and the graph has a weight edge attribute then that is used. If weights is a numerical vector then it used, even if the graph has a weights edge attribute. If this is NA, then no edge weights are used (even if the graph has a weight edge attribute. Note that if there are negative edge weights and the direction of the edges is considered, then the eigenvector might be complex. In this case only the real part is reported. This function interprets weights as connection strength. Higher weights spread the centrality better.

options

A named list, to override some ARPACK options. See arpack for details.

Details

Eigenvector centrality scores correspond to the values of the first eigenvector of the graph adjacency matrix; these scores may, in turn, be interpreted as arising from a reciprocal process in which the centrality of each actor is proportional to the sum of the centralities of those actors to whom he or she is connected. In general, vertices with high eigenvector centralities are those which are connected to many other vertices which are, in turn, connected to many others (and so on). (The perceptive may realize that this implies that the largest values will be obtained by individuals in large cliques (or high-density substructures). This is also intelligible from an algebraic point of view, with the first eigenvector being closely related to the best rank-1 approximation of the adjacency matrix (a relationship which is easy to see in the special case of a diagonalizable symmetric real matrix via the \(SLS^-1\) decomposition).)

From igraph version 0.5 this function uses ARPACK for the underlying computation, see arpack for more about ARPACK in igraph.

Value

A named list with components:

vector

A vector containing the centrality scores.

value

The eigenvalue corresponding to the calculated eigenvector, i.e. the centrality scores.

options

A named list, information about the underlying ARPACK computation. See arpack for the details.

WARNING

eigen_centrality will not symmetrize your data before extracting eigenvectors; don't send this routine asymmetric matrices unless you really mean to do so.

References

Bonacich, P. (1987). Power and Centrality: A Family of Measures. American Journal of Sociology, 92, 1170-1182.

Aliases
  • eigen_centrality
  • evcent
Examples
# NOT RUN {
#Generate some test data
g <- make_ring(10, directed=FALSE)
#Compute eigenvector centrality scores
eigen_centrality(g)
# }
Documentation reproduced from package igraph, version 1.1.2, License: GPL (>= 2)

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