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Modify Nodes and Edges of Existing Graph

This example shows how to access and modify the nodes and/or edges in a graph or digraph object using the addedge, rmedge, addnode, rmnode, findedge, findnode, and subgraph functions.

Add Nodes

Create a graph with four nodes and four edges. The corresponding elements in s and t specify the end nodes of each graph edge.

s = [1 1 1 2];
t = [2 3 4 3];
G = graph(s,t)
G = 
  graph with properties:

    Edges: [4x1 table]
    Nodes: [4x0 table]

View the edge list of the graph.

G.Edges
ans=4×1 table
    EndNodes
    ________

     1    2 
     1    3 
     1    4 
     2    3 

Use addnode to add five nodes to the graph. This command adds five disconnected nodes with node IDs 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.

G = addnode(G,5)
G = 
  graph with properties:

    Edges: [4x1 table]
    Nodes: [9x0 table]

Remove Nodes

Use rmnode to remove nodes 3, 5, and 6 from the graph. All edges connected to one of the removed nodes also are removed. The remaining six nodes in the graph are renumbered to reflect the new number of nodes.

G = rmnode(G,[3 5 6])
G = 
  graph with properties:

    Edges: [2x1 table]
    Nodes: [6x0 table]

Add Edges

Use addedge to add two edges to G. The first edge is between node 1 and node 5, and the second edge is between node 2 and node 5. This command adds two new rows to G.Edges.

G = addedge(G,[1 2],[5 5])
G = 
  graph with properties:

    Edges: [4x1 table]
    Nodes: [6x0 table]

Remove Edges

Use rmedge to remove the edge between node 1 and node 3. This command removes a row from G.Edges.

G = rmedge(G,1,3)
G = 
  graph with properties:

    Edges: [3x1 table]
    Nodes: [6x0 table]

Determine Edge Index

Determine the edge index for the edge between nodes 1 and 5. The edge index, ei, is a row number in G.Edges.

ei = findedge(G,1,5)
ei = 2

Determine Node Index

Add node names to the graph, and then determine the node index for node 'd'. The numeric node index, ni, is a row number in G.Nodes. You can use both ni and the node name, 'd', to refer to the node when using other graph functions, like shortestpath.

G.Nodes.Name = {'a' 'b' 'c' 'd' 'e' 'f'}';
ni = findnode(G,'d')
ni = 4

Extract Subgraph

Use subgraph to extract a piece of the graph containing only two nodes.

H = subgraph(G,[1 2])
H = 
  graph with properties:

    Edges: [1x1 table]
    Nodes: [2x1 table]

View the edge list of the subgraph.

H.Edges
ans=1×1 table
     EndNodes 
    __________

    'a'    'b'

Modify Node and Edge Tables with Variables Editor

The node and edge information for a graph object is contained in two properties: Nodes and Edges. Both of these properties are tables containing variables to describe the attributes of the nodes and edges in the graph. Since Nodes and Edges are both tables, you can use the Variables editor to interactively view or edit the tables. You cannot add or remove nodes or edges using the Variables editor, and you also cannot edit the EndNodes property of the Edges table. The Variables editor is useful for managing extra node and edge attributes in the Nodes and Edges tables. For more information, see Create and Edit Variables.

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