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rankable_graph

A Ruby PageRank like implementation.

Description

This gem is mostly writen in C with a pretty Ruby wrapper. It's intended to be used for big but not huge graphs, as those are better processed with a map-reduce distributed solution.

Usage

rankable_graph = RankableGraph.new

#First we draw our directed graph using the link method which receives as parameters two identifiers.   
#The only restriction for the identifiers is that they should be integers.
rankable_graph.link(1234, 4312)
rankable_graph.link(9876, 4312)
rankable_graph.link(4312, 9876)
rankable_graph.link(8888, 4312)

probability_of_following_a_link = 0.85 # The bigger the number, less probability we have to teleport to some random link
tolerance = 0.0001 # the smaller the number, the more exact the result will be but more CPU cycles will be needed

rankable_graph.rank(probability_of_following_a_link, tolerance) do |identifier, rank|
puts "Node #{identifier} rank is #{rank}"
end

Which outputs

Node 1234 rank is 0.0375000014901161
Node 4312 rank is 0.479941636323929
Node 9876 rank is 0.445058345794678
Node 8888 rank is 0.0375000014901161

This ranks represent the probabilities that a certain node will be visited.

If you want to calculate the rank of another graph is recommended to call the clear method and reuse the RankableGraph instance as this frees the used memory without relying in the Ruby garbage collector. So instead of:

rankable_graph = RankableGraph.new

rankable_graph.link(0, 1)
rankable_graph.link(1, 2)
rankable_graph.rank(0.85, 0.0001){ |identifier, rank| puts "Node #{identifier} rank for graph1 is #{rank}" }

rankable_graph = RankableGraph.new

rankable_graph.link(0, 1)
rankable_graph.link(2, 1)
rankable_graph.rank(0.85, 0.0001){ |identifier, rank| puts "Node #{identifier} rank for graph2 is #{rank}" }

It's better if you do:

rankable_graph = RankableGraph.new

rankable_graph.link(0, 1)
rankable_graph.link(1, 2)
rankable_graph.rank(0.85, 0.0001){ |identifier, rank| puts "Node #{identifier} rank for graph1 is #{rank}" }

rankable_graph.clear

rankable_graph.link(0, 1)
rankable_graph.link(2, 1)
rankable_graph.rank(0.85, 0.0001){ |identifier, rank| puts "Node #{identifier} rank for graph2 is #{rank}" }

For more examples please refer to the tests.

Requirements

  • glib2 >= 2.22.2

    In Mac brew install glib

    In a Linux based on Debian sudo apt-get install libglib2.0-dev

Note on Patches/Pull Requests

  • Fork the project.
  • Make your feature addition or bug fix.
  • Add tests for it. This is important so I don't break it in a future version unintentionally.
  • Commit, do not mess with rakefile, version, or history. (if you want to have your own version, that is fine but bump version in a commit by itself I can ignore when I pull)
  • Send me a pull request. Bonus points for topic branches.

Copyright

Author: Daniel Cadenas

Copyright (c) 2012 Cubox. See LICENSE for details.

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