Graph Theory: Moving to the Mainstream

August 21, 2019

Physics helps engineers master their craft and binary is the start of all basic code, but graph theory is the key to understanding data science. Few people understand the power behind data science, but it powers Web sites they visit everyday: eBay, Facebook, and the all-powerful Google. Graph theory is part of mathematics and allows data to be presented in a clear, concise manner. Analytics India shares a list of game theory software that will make any data scientist’s job easier: “Top 10 Graph Theory Software.” The article explains that:

“Apart from knowing graph theory, it is necessary that one is not only able to create graphs but understand and analyze them. Graph theory software makes this job much easier. There are plenty of tools available to assist a detailed analysis. Here we list down the top 10 software for graph theory popular among the tech folks. They are presented in a random order and are available on major operating systems like Windows, MacOS and Linux.”

Among the recommended software are Tikz and PGF used in scientific research to create vector style graphs. Gephi is free to download and is best used for network visualization and data exploration. NetworkX is a reliable Python library for graphs and networks. LaTeXDraw is for document preparation and typesetting with a graphics editor. It is built on Java. One popular open source tool for mathematics projects is Sage. It is used for outlining graphs and hyper graphs.

MATLAB requires a subscription, but it is extremely powerful tool in creating graph theory visualizations and has a bioinformatics toolbox packed with more ways to explore graph theory functions. Graphic designers favor Inkscape for its ease of use and ability to create many different diagrams. GraphViz is famous for various graphical options for graph theory and also has customizable options. NodeXI is a Microsoft Excel template that is exclusively used for network graphs. One only has to enter a network edge list and then a graph is generated. Finally, MetaPost is used as a programming language and an interpreter program. It can use macros to make graph theory features.

Most of these graph theory software are available with free downloads with upgraded subscription services.

Whitney Grace, August 21, 2019


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