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Incorrect average degree on directed graphs #767

sheymann opened this Issue Apr 2, 2013 · 3 comments


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sheymann commented Apr 2, 2013

Report on Gephi Facebook group using this file:


"Hi, I have a query about the average degree calculation in Gephi. I'm currently doing a Social and Economic Network Analysis course and we have been given a file as part of an assignment (attached). When calculating the average degree I get 3.889, but according to the course staff the correct figure is 7.77. I've run this file both directed and undirected and both times I get 3.889. Looking at the data in the lab when the file is opened as a directed graph, all nodes have a degree ranging from 6 to 10 and I'm failing to see how we can get an average degree of less than 4.

The course is recommending Pajek as the tool we should use. It seems Pajek users are getting 7.77."

@eduramiba eduramiba was assigned Apr 2, 2013

@sheymann sheymann added a commit that referenced this issue Apr 2, 2013

@sheymann sheymann fix bug #767 240f4a5

seinecle commented Apr 7, 2013

Just to let the users know, when is this fix going to be included in the executable versions avail. from gephi.org?

Hi, based on Sheymann, the bug has been fixed. The same file has been executed on Gephi & Pajek but apparently I still got the same result as reported. Looking forward to get any response. Many thanks.

Just to add on this:
In some cases, Gephi misses the directed aspect of the network and computes metrics as if for an undirected network. In the case of average degree, a directed network where all edges are bidrectional (A->B and B->A, B->C and C->B, etc.) will get an incorrect value of half the correct one.

That can happen for instance when the network comes from an imported .net file.

To restore the correct behavior, just create manually (ie, through the icon "create edge" in the overview) an undirected edge. This causes Gephi to become aware of the directionality of the network, and henceforth the computations for the average degree will be correct for this network. Just delete the undirected edge and you'll get correct values for your network.

@mbastian mbastian added this to the 0.9 milestone Aug 25, 2015

@mbastian mbastian closed this Aug 25, 2015

@mbastian mbastian added Fix Released and removed Fix Committed labels Dec 22, 2015

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