[graph-tool] Graph drawing: overlay possible?

Steffen Schaper steffen.schaper at physics.ox.ac.uk
Thu Aug 11 12:15:43 CEST 2011

On 11/08/11 08:52, Tiago de Paula Peixoto wrote:
> Although the difference between sfdp and fdp/neato is very noticeable 
> for larger graphs, I would expect that both fdp/neato with pin=True 
> would be _much_ faster than sfdp, since the layout algorithm is not 
> run. In my experience, this is always what I found. I would be 
> interested in understanding why you perceive this not to be the 
> case... How long does it actually take to plot with sfdp and neato 
> with pinning?
I've just done a few timings using layout='neato' (or 
This takes about 11 seconds for my network. I had used maxiter=1 
earlier, and that made neato a lot slower (more than a factor of 2) 
while fdp's performance didn't change much. sfdp takes about 15 seconds. 
In all cases, I specified vcolor, vcmap and vorder.
So you're completely right: neato/fdp are a lot faster given the layout 
and the right arguments.

I also experimented with matplotlib - given that I got the positions out 
of graph-tool/graphviz, the rest can also be done there. The speed is a 
little better there - it takes just under 10 seconds. Also, I want to do 
many plots with the same layout (just different vertex colours), so I 
think matplotlib is more convenient for me. I can plot the network once 
and afterwards only draw the vertices whose colour changes, and then use 
imagemagick/composite to do the overlay.


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