# igraph Reference Manual

For using the igraph C library

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# Chapter 29. Graph operators

## 1. Union and intersection

### 1.1. `igraph_disjoint_union` — Creates the union of two disjoint graphs

```int igraph_disjoint_union(igraph_t *res, const igraph_t *left,
const igraph_t *right);
```

First the vertices of the second graph will be relabeled with new vertex ids to have two disjoint sets of vertex ids, then the union of the two graphs will be formed. If the two graphs have |V1| and |V2| vertices and |E1| and |E2| edges respectively then the new graph will have |V1|+|V2| vertices and |E1|+|E2| edges.

Both graphs need to have the same directedness, i.e. either both directed or both undirected.

The current version of this function cannot handle graph, vertex and edge attributes, they will be lost.

Arguments:

 `res`: Pointer to an uninitialized graph object, the result will stored here. `left`: The first graph. `right`: The second graph.

Returns:

 Error code.

 `igraph_disjoint_union_many()` for creating the disjoint union of more than two graphs, `igraph_union()` for non-disjoint union.

Time complexity: O(|V1|+|V2|+|E1|+|E2|).

Example 29.1.  File `examples/simple/igraph_disjoint_union.c`

```/* -*- mode: C -*-  */
/*
IGraph library.
Copyright (C) 2006-2020  The igraph development team <igraph@igraph.org>

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program.  If not, see <https://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.
*/

#include <igraph.h>
#include <stdio.h>

int main() {
igraph_t left, right, uni;
igraph_vector_ptr_t glist;
long int i, n;

igraph_small(&left, 4, IGRAPH_UNDIRECTED, 0,1, 1,2, 2,2, 2,3, -1);
igraph_small(&right, 5, IGRAPH_UNDIRECTED, 0,1, 1,2, 2,2, 2,4, -1);

igraph_disjoint_union(&uni, &left, &right);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&uni, stdout);
printf("\n");

igraph_destroy(&left);
igraph_destroy(&right);
igraph_destroy(&uni);

/* Empty graph list; the result is the directed null graph. */
igraph_vector_ptr_init(&glist, 0);
igraph_disjoint_union_many(&uni, &glist);
if (!igraph_is_directed(&uni) || igraph_vcount(&uni) != 0) {
return 1;
}
igraph_vector_ptr_destroy(&glist);
igraph_destroy(&uni);

/* Non-empty graph list. */
igraph_vector_ptr_init(&glist, 10);
n = igraph_vector_ptr_size(&glist);
for (i = 0; i < n; i++) {
VECTOR(glist)[i] = calloc(1, sizeof(igraph_t));
igraph_small(VECTOR(glist)[i], 2, IGRAPH_DIRECTED, 0,1, 1,0, -1);
}
if (!igraph_is_directed(&uni)) {
return 2;
}

igraph_disjoint_union_many(&uni, &glist);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&uni, stdout);
printf("\n");

/* Destroy and free the graph list. */
n = igraph_vector_ptr_size(&glist);
for (i = 0; i < n; i++) {
igraph_destroy(VECTOR(glist)[i]);
free(VECTOR(glist)[i]);
}
igraph_vector_ptr_destroy(&glist);
igraph_destroy(&uni);

return 0;
}
```

### 1.2. `igraph_disjoint_union_many` — The disjint union of many graphs.

```int igraph_disjoint_union_many(igraph_t *res,
const igraph_vector_ptr_t *graphs);
```

First the vertices in the graphs will be relabeled with new vertex ids to have pairwise disjoint vertex id sets and then the union of the graphs is formed. The number of vertices and edges in the result is the total number of vertices and edges in the graphs.

All graphs need to have the same directedness, i.e. either all directed or all undirected. If the graph list has length zero, the result will be a directed graph with no vertices.

The current version of this function cannot handle graph, vertex and edge attributes, they will be lost.

Arguments:

 `res`: Pointer to an uninitialized graph object, the result of the operation will be stored here. `graphs`: Pointer vector, contains pointers to initialized graph objects.

Returns:

 Error code.

 `igraph_disjoint_union()` for an easier syntax if you have only two graphs, `igraph_union_many()` for non-disjoint union.

Time complexity: O(|V|+|E|), the number of vertices plus the number of edges in the result.

### 1.3. `igraph_union` — Calculates the union of two graphs.

```int igraph_union(igraph_t *res,
const igraph_t *left, const igraph_t *right,
igraph_vector_t *edge_map1, igraph_vector_t *edge_map2);
```

The number of vertices in the result is that of the larger graph from the two arguments. The result graph contains edges which are present in at least one of the operand graphs.

Arguments:

 `res`: Pointer to an uninitialized graph object, the result will be stored here. `left`: The first graph. `right`: The second graph. `edge_map1`: Pointer to an initialized vector or a null pointer. If not a null pointer, it will contain a mapping from the edges of the first argument graph (`left`) to the edges of the result graph. `edge_map2`: The same as `edge_map1`, but for the second graph, `right`.

Returns:

 Error code.

 `igraph_union_many()` for the union of many graphs, `igraph_intersection()` and `igraph_difference()` for other operators.

Time complexity: O(|V|+|E|), |V| is the number of vertices, |E| the number of edges in the result graph.

Example 29.2.  File `examples/simple/igraph_union.c`

```/* -*- mode: C -*-  */
/*
IGraph library.
Copyright (C) 2006-2012  Gabor Csardi <csardi.gabor@gmail.com>
334 Harvard st, Cambridge MA, 02139 USA

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
Foundation, Inc.,  51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA
02110-1301 USA

*/

#include <igraph.h>

#include <stdlib.h>
#include <stdio.h>

void print_vector(igraph_vector_t *v) {
long int i, l = igraph_vector_size(v);
for (i = 0; i < l; i++) {
printf(" %li", (long int) VECTOR(*v)[i]);
}
printf("\n");
}

int print_free_vector_ptr(igraph_vector_ptr_t *v) {
long int i, l = igraph_vector_ptr_size(v);
printf("---\n");
for (i = 0; i < l; i++) {
print_vector(VECTOR(*v)[i]);
igraph_vector_destroy(VECTOR(*v)[i]);
IGRAPH_FREE(VECTOR(*v)[i]);
}
printf("===\n");
return 0;
}

int main() {

igraph_t left, right, uni;
igraph_vector_t v;
igraph_vector_ptr_t glist;
igraph_vector_t edge_map1, edge_map2;
igraph_vector_ptr_t edgemaps;
long int i;

igraph_vector_init(&edge_map1, 0);
igraph_vector_init(&edge_map2, 0);

igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, -1);
igraph_create(&left, &v, 0, IGRAPH_DIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);

igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 4, -1);
igraph_create(&right, &v, 0, IGRAPH_DIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);

igraph_union(&uni, &left, &right, &edge_map1, &edge_map2);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&uni, stdout);
igraph_vector_print(&edge_map1);
igraph_vector_print(&edge_map2);

igraph_destroy(&uni);
igraph_destroy(&left);
igraph_destroy(&right);
igraph_vector_destroy(&edge_map1);
igraph_vector_destroy(&edge_map2);

/* Empty graph list */
igraph_vector_ptr_init(&glist, 0);
igraph_vector_ptr_init(&edgemaps, 0);
igraph_union_many(&uni, &glist, &edgemaps);
if (!igraph_is_directed(&uni) || igraph_vcount(&uni) != 0) {
return 1;
}
print_free_vector_ptr(&edgemaps);
igraph_vector_ptr_destroy(&glist);
igraph_destroy(&uni);

/* Non-empty graph list */
igraph_vector_ptr_init(&glist, 10);
for (i = 0; i < igraph_vector_ptr_size(&glist); i++) {
VECTOR(glist)[i] = calloc(1, sizeof(igraph_t));
igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 0, 1, 1, 0, -1);
igraph_create(VECTOR(glist)[i], &v, 0, IGRAPH_DIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);
}

igraph_union_many(&uni, &glist, &edgemaps);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&uni, stdout);

for (i = 0; i < igraph_vector_ptr_size(&glist); i++) {
igraph_destroy(VECTOR(glist)[i]);
free(VECTOR(glist)[i]);
}
print_free_vector_ptr(&edgemaps);
igraph_vector_ptr_destroy(&glist);
igraph_destroy(&uni);

/* Another non-empty graph list */
igraph_vector_ptr_init(&glist, 10);
for (i = 0; i < igraph_vector_ptr_size(&glist); i++) {
VECTOR(glist)[i] = calloc(1, sizeof(igraph_t));
igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, i, i + 1, 1, 0, -1);
igraph_create(VECTOR(glist)[i], &v, 0, IGRAPH_DIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);
}

igraph_union_many(&uni, &glist, &edgemaps);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&uni, stdout);

for (i = 0; i < igraph_vector_ptr_size(&glist); i++) {
igraph_destroy(VECTOR(glist)[i]);
free(VECTOR(glist)[i]);
}
print_free_vector_ptr(&edgemaps);
igraph_vector_ptr_destroy(&glist);
igraph_destroy(&uni);

/* Undirected graph list*/
igraph_vector_ptr_init(&glist, 10);
for (i = 0; i < igraph_vector_ptr_size(&glist); i++) {
VECTOR(glist)[i] = calloc(1, sizeof(igraph_t));
igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, i, i + 1, 1, 0, -1);
igraph_create(VECTOR(glist)[i], &v, 0, IGRAPH_UNDIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);
}

igraph_union_many(&uni, &glist, &edgemaps);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&uni, stdout);

for (i = 0; i < igraph_vector_ptr_size(&glist); i++) {
igraph_destroy(VECTOR(glist)[i]);
free(VECTOR(glist)[i]);
}
print_free_vector_ptr(&edgemaps);
igraph_vector_ptr_destroy(&glist);
igraph_destroy(&uni);

igraph_vector_ptr_destroy(&edgemaps);

return 0;
}
```

### 1.4. `igraph_union_many` — Creates the union of many graphs.

```int igraph_union_many(igraph_t *res, const igraph_vector_ptr_t *graphs,
igraph_vector_ptr_t *edgemaps);
```

The result graph will contain as many vertices as the largest graph among the arguments does, and an edge will be included in it if it is part of at least one operand graph.

The directedness of the operand graphs must be the same. If the graph list has length zero, the result will be a directed graph with no vertices.

Arguments:

 `res`: Pointer to an uninitialized graph object, this will contain the result. `graphs`: Pointer vector, contains pointers to the operands of the union operator, graph objects of course. `edgemaps`: If not a null pointer, then it must be an initialized pointer vector and the mappings of edges from the graphs to the result graph will be stored here, in the same order as `graphs`. Each mapping is stored in a separate igraph_vector_t object.

Returns:

 Error code.

 `igraph_union()` for the union of two graphs, `igraph_intersection_many()`, `igraph_intersection()` and `igraph_difference` for other operators.

Time complexity: O(|V|+|E|), |V| is the number of vertices in largest graph and |E| is the number of edges in the result graph.

Example 29.3.  File `examples/simple/igraph_union.c`

```/* -*- mode: C -*-  */
/*
IGraph library.
Copyright (C) 2006-2012  Gabor Csardi <csardi.gabor@gmail.com>
334 Harvard st, Cambridge MA, 02139 USA

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
Foundation, Inc.,  51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA
02110-1301 USA

*/

#include <igraph.h>

#include <stdlib.h>
#include <stdio.h>

void print_vector(igraph_vector_t *v) {
long int i, l = igraph_vector_size(v);
for (i = 0; i < l; i++) {
printf(" %li", (long int) VECTOR(*v)[i]);
}
printf("\n");
}

int print_free_vector_ptr(igraph_vector_ptr_t *v) {
long int i, l = igraph_vector_ptr_size(v);
printf("---\n");
for (i = 0; i < l; i++) {
print_vector(VECTOR(*v)[i]);
igraph_vector_destroy(VECTOR(*v)[i]);
IGRAPH_FREE(VECTOR(*v)[i]);
}
printf("===\n");
return 0;
}

int main() {

igraph_t left, right, uni;
igraph_vector_t v;
igraph_vector_ptr_t glist;
igraph_vector_t edge_map1, edge_map2;
igraph_vector_ptr_t edgemaps;
long int i;

igraph_vector_init(&edge_map1, 0);
igraph_vector_init(&edge_map2, 0);

igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, -1);
igraph_create(&left, &v, 0, IGRAPH_DIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);

igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 4, -1);
igraph_create(&right, &v, 0, IGRAPH_DIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);

igraph_union(&uni, &left, &right, &edge_map1, &edge_map2);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&uni, stdout);
igraph_vector_print(&edge_map1);
igraph_vector_print(&edge_map2);

igraph_destroy(&uni);
igraph_destroy(&left);
igraph_destroy(&right);
igraph_vector_destroy(&edge_map1);
igraph_vector_destroy(&edge_map2);

/* Empty graph list */
igraph_vector_ptr_init(&glist, 0);
igraph_vector_ptr_init(&edgemaps, 0);
igraph_union_many(&uni, &glist, &edgemaps);
if (!igraph_is_directed(&uni) || igraph_vcount(&uni) != 0) {
return 1;
}
print_free_vector_ptr(&edgemaps);
igraph_vector_ptr_destroy(&glist);
igraph_destroy(&uni);

/* Non-empty graph list */
igraph_vector_ptr_init(&glist, 10);
for (i = 0; i < igraph_vector_ptr_size(&glist); i++) {
VECTOR(glist)[i] = calloc(1, sizeof(igraph_t));
igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 0, 1, 1, 0, -1);
igraph_create(VECTOR(glist)[i], &v, 0, IGRAPH_DIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);
}

igraph_union_many(&uni, &glist, &edgemaps);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&uni, stdout);

for (i = 0; i < igraph_vector_ptr_size(&glist); i++) {
igraph_destroy(VECTOR(glist)[i]);
free(VECTOR(glist)[i]);
}
print_free_vector_ptr(&edgemaps);
igraph_vector_ptr_destroy(&glist);
igraph_destroy(&uni);

/* Another non-empty graph list */
igraph_vector_ptr_init(&glist, 10);
for (i = 0; i < igraph_vector_ptr_size(&glist); i++) {
VECTOR(glist)[i] = calloc(1, sizeof(igraph_t));
igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, i, i + 1, 1, 0, -1);
igraph_create(VECTOR(glist)[i], &v, 0, IGRAPH_DIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);
}

igraph_union_many(&uni, &glist, &edgemaps);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&uni, stdout);

for (i = 0; i < igraph_vector_ptr_size(&glist); i++) {
igraph_destroy(VECTOR(glist)[i]);
free(VECTOR(glist)[i]);
}
print_free_vector_ptr(&edgemaps);
igraph_vector_ptr_destroy(&glist);
igraph_destroy(&uni);

/* Undirected graph list*/
igraph_vector_ptr_init(&glist, 10);
for (i = 0; i < igraph_vector_ptr_size(&glist); i++) {
VECTOR(glist)[i] = calloc(1, sizeof(igraph_t));
igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, i, i + 1, 1, 0, -1);
igraph_create(VECTOR(glist)[i], &v, 0, IGRAPH_UNDIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);
}

igraph_union_many(&uni, &glist, &edgemaps);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&uni, stdout);

for (i = 0; i < igraph_vector_ptr_size(&glist); i++) {
igraph_destroy(VECTOR(glist)[i]);
free(VECTOR(glist)[i]);
}
print_free_vector_ptr(&edgemaps);
igraph_vector_ptr_destroy(&glist);
igraph_destroy(&uni);

igraph_vector_ptr_destroy(&edgemaps);

return 0;
}
```

### 1.5. `igraph_intersection` — Collect the common edges from two graphs.

```int igraph_intersection(igraph_t *res,
const igraph_t *left, const igraph_t *right,
igraph_vector_t *edge_map1,
igraph_vector_t *edge_map2);
```

The result graph contains only edges present both in the first and the second graph. The number of vertices in the result graph is the same as the larger from the two arguments.

Arguments:

 `res`: Pointer to an uninitialized graph object. This will contain the result of the operation. `left`: The first operand, a graph object. `right`: The second operand, a graph object. `edge_map1`: Null pointer, or an initialized igraph_vector_t. If the latter, then a mapping from the edges of the result graph, to the edges of the `left` input graph is stored here. `edge_map2`: Null pointer, or an igraph_vector_t. The same as `edge_map1`, but for the `right` input graph.

Returns:

 Error code.

 `igraph_intersection_many()` to calculate the intersection of many graphs at once, `igraph_union()`, `igraph_difference()` for other operators.

Time complexity: O(|V|+|E|), |V| is the number of nodes, |E| is the number of edges in the smaller graph of the two. (The one containing less vertices is considered smaller.)

Example 29.4.  File `examples/simple/igraph_intersection.c`

```/* -*- mode: C -*-  */
/*
IGraph library.
Copyright (C) 2006-2012  Gabor Csardi <csardi.gabor@gmail.com>
334 Harvard st, Cambridge MA, 02139 USA

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
Foundation, Inc.,  51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA
02110-1301 USA

*/

#include <igraph.h>

void print_vector(igraph_vector_t *v) {
long int i, l = igraph_vector_size(v);
for (i = 0; i < l; i++) {
printf(" %li", (long int) VECTOR(*v)[i]);
}
printf("\n");
}

int main() {

igraph_t left, right, isec;
igraph_vector_t v;
igraph_vector_ptr_t glist;
igraph_t g1, g2, g3;
igraph_vector_t edge_map1, edge_map2;

igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, -1);
igraph_create(&left, &v, 0, IGRAPH_DIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);

igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 1, 0, 5, 4, 1, 2, 3, 2, -1);
igraph_create(&right, &v, 0, IGRAPH_DIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);

igraph_vector_init(&edge_map1, 0);
igraph_vector_init(&edge_map2, 0);

igraph_intersection(&isec, &left, &right, &edge_map1, &edge_map2);
igraph_vector_init(&v, 0);
igraph_get_edgelist(&isec, &v, 0);
printf("---\n");
print_vector(&v);
print_vector(&edge_map1);
print_vector(&edge_map2);
printf("---\n");
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);
igraph_destroy(&left);
igraph_destroy(&right);
igraph_destroy(&isec);
igraph_vector_destroy(&edge_map1);
igraph_vector_destroy(&edge_map2);

/* empty graph list */
igraph_vector_ptr_init(&glist, 0);
igraph_intersection_many(&isec, &glist, 0);
if (igraph_vcount(&isec) != 0 || !igraph_is_directed(&isec)) {
return 1;
}
igraph_destroy(&isec);
igraph_vector_ptr_destroy(&glist);

/* graph list with an empty graph */
igraph_vector_ptr_init(&glist, 3);
igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, -1);
igraph_create(&g1, &v, 0, IGRAPH_DIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);
igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, -1);
igraph_create(&g2, &v, 0, IGRAPH_DIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);
igraph_empty(&g3, 10, IGRAPH_DIRECTED);

VECTOR(glist) = &g1;
VECTOR(glist) = &g2;
VECTOR(glist) = &g3;
igraph_intersection_many(&isec, &glist, 0);
if (igraph_ecount(&isec) != 0 || igraph_vcount(&isec) != 10) {
return 2;
}
igraph_destroy(&g1);
igraph_destroy(&g2);
igraph_destroy(&g3);
igraph_destroy(&isec);
igraph_vector_ptr_destroy(&glist);

/* "proper" graph list */
igraph_vector_ptr_init(&glist, 3);
igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, -1);
igraph_create(&g1, &v, 0, IGRAPH_DIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);
igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 2, 4, 5, 6, 5, -1);
igraph_create(&g2, &v, 0, IGRAPH_DIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);
igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 2, 3, 1, 0, 1, 2, 3, 2, 4, 5, 6, 5, 2, 3, -1);
igraph_create(&g3, &v, 0, IGRAPH_DIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);

VECTOR(glist) = &g1;
VECTOR(glist) = &g2;
VECTOR(glist) = &g3;
igraph_intersection_many(&isec, &glist, 0);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&isec, stdout);
igraph_destroy(&g1);
igraph_destroy(&g2);
igraph_destroy(&g3);
igraph_destroy(&isec);
igraph_vector_ptr_destroy(&glist);

return 0;
}
```

### 1.6. `igraph_intersection_many` — The intersection of more than two graphs.

```int igraph_intersection_many(igraph_t *res,
const igraph_vector_ptr_t *graphs,
igraph_vector_ptr_t *edgemaps);
```

This function calculates the intersection of the graphs stored in the `graphs` argument. Only those edges will be included in the result graph which are part of every graph in `graphs`.

The number of vertices in the result graph will be the maximum number of vertices in the argument graphs.

Arguments:

 `res`: Pointer to an uninitialized graph object, the result of the operation will be stored here. `graphs`: Pointer vector, contains pointers to graphs objects, the operands of the intersection operator. `edgemaps`: If not a null pointer, then it must be an initialized pointer vector and the mappings of edges from the graphs to the result graph will be stored here, in the same order as `graphs`. Each mapping is stored in a separate igraph_vector_t object. For the edges that are not in the intersection, -1 is stored.

Returns:

 Error code.

 `igraph_intersection()` for the intersection of two graphs, `igraph_union_many()`, `igraph_union()` and `igraph_difference()` for other operators.

Time complexity: O(|V|+|E|), |V| is the number of vertices, |E| is the number of edges in the smallest graph (i.e. the graph having the less vertices).

## 2. Other set-like operators

### 2.1. `igraph_difference` — Calculate the difference of two graphs

```int igraph_difference(igraph_t *res,
const igraph_t *orig, const igraph_t *sub);
```

The number of vertices in the result is the number of vertices in the original graph, i.e. the left, first operand. In the results graph only edges will be included from `orig` which are not present in `sub`.

Arguments:

 `res`: Pointer to an uninitialized graph object, the result will be stored here. `orig`: The left operand of the operator, a graph object. `sub`: The right operand of the operator, a graph object.

Returns:

 Error code.

 `igraph_intersection()` and `igraph_union()` for other operators.

Time complexity: O(|V|+|E|), |V| is the number vertices in the smaller graph, |E| is the number of edges in the result graph.

Example 29.5.  File `examples/simple/igraph_difference.c`

```/* -*- mode: C -*-  */
/*
IGraph library.
Copyright (C) 2006-2012  Gabor Csardi <csardi.gabor@gmail.com>
334 Harvard street, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
Foundation, Inc.,  51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA
02110-1301 USA

*/

#include <igraph.h>

int main() {

igraph_t orig, sub, diff;
igraph_vector_t v;

/* Subtract from itself */
printf("subtract itself\n");
igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 1, 4, 5, -1);
igraph_create(&orig, &v, 0, IGRAPH_DIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);

igraph_difference(&diff, &orig, &orig);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&diff, stdout);
if (igraph_ecount(&diff) != 0 ||
igraph_vcount(&diff) != igraph_vcount(&orig)) {
return 1;
}

igraph_destroy(&orig);
igraph_destroy(&diff);

/* Same for undirected graph */
printf("subtract itself, undirected\n");
igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 1, 4, 5, -1);
igraph_create(&orig, &v, 0, IGRAPH_UNDIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);

igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 1, 0, 1, 2, 2, 1, 4, 5, -1);
igraph_create(&sub, &v, 0, IGRAPH_UNDIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);

igraph_difference(&diff, &orig, &sub);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&diff, stdout);
if (igraph_ecount(&diff) != 0 ||
igraph_vcount(&diff) != igraph_vcount(&orig)) {
return 2;
}

igraph_destroy(&orig);
igraph_destroy(&sub);
igraph_destroy(&diff);

/* Subtract the empty graph */
printf("subtract empty\n");
igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 1, 4, 5, -1);
igraph_create(&orig, &v, 0, IGRAPH_DIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);

igraph_empty(&sub, 3, IGRAPH_DIRECTED);
igraph_difference(&diff, &orig, &sub);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&diff, stdout);
if (igraph_ecount(&diff) != igraph_ecount(&orig) ||
igraph_vcount(&diff) != igraph_vcount(&orig)) {
return 3;
}

igraph_destroy(&orig);
igraph_destroy(&sub);
igraph_destroy(&diff);

/* A `real' example */
printf("real example\n");
igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, -1);
igraph_create(&orig, &v, 0, IGRAPH_DIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);

igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 0, 1, 5, 4, 2, 1, 6, 7, -1);
igraph_create(&sub, &v, 0, IGRAPH_DIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);

igraph_difference(&diff, &orig, &sub);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&diff, stdout);

igraph_destroy(&diff);
igraph_destroy(&orig);
igraph_destroy(&sub);

/* undirected version */
printf("real example, undirected\n");
igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 8, 10, 8, 13, 8, 11, 8, 12, -1);
igraph_create(&orig, &v, 0, IGRAPH_UNDIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);

igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 0, 1, 5, 4, 2, 1, 6, 7, 8, 10, 8, 13, -1);
igraph_create(&sub, &v, 0, IGRAPH_UNDIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);

igraph_difference(&diff, &orig, &sub);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&diff, stdout);

igraph_destroy(&diff);
igraph_destroy(&orig);
igraph_destroy(&sub);

/* undirected version with loop edge, tests Github issue #597 */
printf("Github issue #597, undirected\n");
igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 0, -1);
igraph_create(&orig, &v, 0, IGRAPH_UNDIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);

igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 0, -1);
igraph_create(&sub, &v, 0, IGRAPH_UNDIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);

igraph_difference(&diff, &orig, &sub);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&diff, stdout);

igraph_destroy(&diff);
igraph_destroy(&orig);
igraph_destroy(&sub);

return 0;
}
```

### 2.2. `igraph_complementer` — Create the complementer of a graph

```int igraph_complementer(igraph_t *res, const igraph_t *graph,
igraph_bool_t loops);
```

The complementer graph means that all edges which are not part of the original graph will be included in the result.

Arguments:

 `res`: Pointer to an uninitialized graph object. `graph`: The original graph. `loops`: Whether to add loop edges to the complementer graph.

Returns:

 Error code.

Time complexity: O(|V|+|E1|+|E2|), |V| is the number of vertices in the graph, |E1| is the number of edges in the original and |E2| in the complementer graph.

Example 29.6.  File `examples/simple/igraph_complementer.c`

```/* -*- mode: C -*-  */
/*
IGraph library.
Copyright (C) 2006-2012  Gabor Csardi <csardi.gabor@gmail.com>
334 Harvard street, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
Foundation, Inc.,  51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA
02110-1301 USA

*/

#include <igraph.h>

int main() {

igraph_t g1, g2;

/* complementer of the empty graph */
igraph_empty(&g1, 5, IGRAPH_DIRECTED);
igraph_complementer(&g2, &g1, IGRAPH_LOOPS);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&g2, stdout);
igraph_destroy(&g1);
igraph_destroy(&g2);

printf("---\n");

/* the same without loops */
igraph_empty(&g1, 5, IGRAPH_DIRECTED);
igraph_complementer(&g2, &g1, IGRAPH_NO_LOOPS);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&g2, stdout);
igraph_destroy(&g1);
igraph_destroy(&g2);

printf("---\n");

/* complementer of the full graph */
igraph_full(&g1, 5, IGRAPH_DIRECTED, IGRAPH_LOOPS);
igraph_complementer(&g2, &g1, IGRAPH_LOOPS);
if (igraph_ecount(&g2) != 0) {
return 1;
}
igraph_destroy(&g1);
igraph_destroy(&g2);

printf("---\n");

/* complementer of the full graph, results loops only */
igraph_full(&g1, 5, IGRAPH_DIRECTED, IGRAPH_NO_LOOPS);
igraph_complementer(&g2, &g1, IGRAPH_LOOPS);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&g2, stdout);
igraph_destroy(&g1);
igraph_destroy(&g2);

printf("---\n");

/**************
* undirected *
*************/

/* complementer of the empty graph */
igraph_empty(&g1, 5, IGRAPH_UNDIRECTED);
igraph_complementer(&g2, &g1, IGRAPH_LOOPS);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&g2, stdout);
igraph_destroy(&g1);
igraph_destroy(&g2);

printf("---\n");

/* the same without loops */
igraph_empty(&g1, 5, IGRAPH_UNDIRECTED);
igraph_complementer(&g2, &g1, IGRAPH_NO_LOOPS);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&g2, stdout);
igraph_destroy(&g1);
igraph_destroy(&g2);

printf("---\n");

/* complementer of the full graph */
igraph_full(&g1, 5, IGRAPH_UNDIRECTED, IGRAPH_LOOPS);
igraph_complementer(&g2, &g1, IGRAPH_LOOPS);
if (igraph_ecount(&g2) != 0) {
return 1;
}
igraph_destroy(&g1);
igraph_destroy(&g2);

printf("---\n");

/* complementer of the full graph, results loops only */
igraph_full(&g1, 5, IGRAPH_UNDIRECTED, IGRAPH_NO_LOOPS);
igraph_complementer(&g2, &g1, IGRAPH_LOOPS);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&g2, stdout);
igraph_destroy(&g1);
igraph_destroy(&g2);

return 0;
}
```

### 2.3. `igraph_compose` — Calculates the composition of two graphs.

```int igraph_compose(igraph_t *res, const igraph_t *g1, const igraph_t *g2,
igraph_vector_t *edge_map1, igraph_vector_t *edge_map2);
```

The composition of graphs contains the same number of vertices as the bigger graph of the two operands. It contains an (i,j) edge if and only if there is a k vertex, such that the first graphs contains an (i,k) edge and the second graph a (k,j) edge.

This is of course exactly the composition of two binary relations.

The two graphs must have the same directedness, otherwise the function returns with an error. Note that for undirected graphs the two relations are by definition symmetric.

Arguments:

 `res`: Pointer to an uninitialized graph object, the result will be stored here. `g1`: The firs operand, a graph object. `g2`: The second operand, another graph object. `edge_map1`: If not a null pointer, then it must be a pointer to an initialized vector, and a mapping from the edges of the result graph to the edges of the first graph is stored here. `edge_map1`: If not a null pointer, then it must be a pointer to an initialized vector, and a mapping from the edges of the result graph to the edges of the second graph is stored here.

Returns:

 Error code.

Time complexity: O(|V|*d1*d2), |V| is the number of vertices in the first graph, d1 and d2 the average degree in the first and second graphs.

Example 29.7.  File `examples/simple/igraph_compose.c`

```/* -*- mode: C -*-  */
/*
IGraph library.
Copyright (C) 2006-2012  Gabor Csardi <csardi.gabor@gmail.com>
334 Harvard street, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
Foundation, Inc.,  51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA
02110-1301 USA

*/

#include <igraph.h>

int main() {

igraph_t g1, g2, res;
igraph_vector_t v;
igraph_vector_t map1, map2;

igraph_vector_init(&map1, 0);
igraph_vector_init(&map2, 0);

/* composition with the empty graph */
igraph_empty(&g1, 5, IGRAPH_DIRECTED);
igraph_full(&g2, 5, IGRAPH_DIRECTED, IGRAPH_NO_LOOPS);
igraph_compose(&res, &g1, &g2, &map1, &map2);
if (igraph_ecount(&res) != 0) {
return 1;
}
if (igraph_vector_size(&map1) != 0 || igraph_vector_size(&map2) != 0) {
return 11;
}
igraph_destroy(&res);
igraph_compose(&res, &g2, &g1, &map1, &map2);
if (igraph_ecount(&res) != 0) {
return 2;
}
if (igraph_vector_size(&map1) != 0 || igraph_vector_size(&map2) != 0) {
return 12;
}
igraph_destroy(&res);
igraph_destroy(&g1);
igraph_destroy(&g2);

/* same but undirected */
igraph_empty(&g1, 5, IGRAPH_UNDIRECTED);
igraph_full(&g2, 5, IGRAPH_UNDIRECTED, IGRAPH_NO_LOOPS);
igraph_compose(&res, &g1, &g2, &map1, &map2);
if (igraph_ecount(&res) != 0) {
return 1;
}
if (igraph_vector_size(&map1) != 0 || igraph_vector_size(&map2) != 0) {
return 11;
}
igraph_destroy(&res);
igraph_compose(&res, &g2, &g1, &map1, &map2);
if (igraph_ecount(&res) != 0) {
return 2;
}
if (igraph_vector_size(&map1) != 0 || igraph_vector_size(&map2) != 0) {
return 12;
}
igraph_destroy(&res);
igraph_destroy(&g1);
igraph_destroy(&g2);

/* proper directed graph */
igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 0, 1, 1, 2, 5, 6, -1);
igraph_create(&g1, &v, 0, IGRAPH_DIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);

igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 0, 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, -1);
igraph_create(&g2, &v, 0, IGRAPH_DIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);

igraph_compose(&res, &g1, &g2, &map1, &map2);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&res, stdout);
igraph_vector_print(&map1);
igraph_vector_print(&map2);
igraph_destroy(&res);
igraph_destroy(&g1);
igraph_destroy(&g2);

/* undirected graph */
igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 0, 1, 1, 2, 5, 6, -1);
igraph_create(&g1, &v, 0, IGRAPH_UNDIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);

igraph_vector_init_int_end(&v, -1, 0, 1, 0, 4, 5, 6, -1);
igraph_create(&g2, &v, 0, IGRAPH_UNDIRECTED);
igraph_vector_destroy(&v);

igraph_compose(&res, &g1, &g2, &map1, &map2);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&res, stdout);
igraph_vector_print(&map1);
igraph_vector_print(&map2);
igraph_destroy(&res);
igraph_destroy(&g1);
igraph_destroy(&g2);

igraph_vector_destroy(&map2);
igraph_vector_destroy(&map1);

return 0;
}
```

## 3. Miscellaneous operators

### 3.1. `igraph_connect_neighborhood` — Connects every vertex to its neighborhood

```int igraph_connect_neighborhood(igraph_t *graph, igraph_integer_t order,
igraph_neimode_t mode);
```

This function adds new edges to the input graph. Each vertex is connected to all vertices reachable by at most `order` steps from it (unless a connection already existed). In other words, the `order` power of the graph is computed.

Note that the input graph is modified in place, no new graph is created. Call `igraph_copy()` if you want to keep the original graph as well.

For undirected graphs reachability is always symmetric: if vertex A can be reached from vertex B in at most `order` steps, then the opposite is also true. Only one undirected (A,B) edge will be added in this case.

Arguments:

 `graph`: The input graph, this is the output graph as well. `order`: Integer constant, it gives the distance within which the vertices will be connected to the source vertex. `mode`: Constant, it specifies how the neighborhood search is performed for directed graphs. If `IGRAPH_OUT` then vertices reachable from the source vertex will be connected, `IGRAPH_IN` is the opposite. If `IGRAPH_ALL` then the directed graph is considered as an undirected one.

Returns:

 Error code.

 `igraph_lattice()` uses this function to connect the neighborhood of the vertices.

Time complexity: O(|V|*d^k), |V| is the number of vertices in the graph, d is the average degree and k is the `order` argument.

### 3.2. `igraph_contract_vertices` — Replace multiple vertices with a single one.

```int igraph_contract_vertices(igraph_t *graph,
const igraph_vector_t *mapping,
const igraph_attribute_combination_t *vertex_comb);
```

This function creates a new graph, by merging several vertices into one. The vertices in the new graph correspond to sets of vertices in the input graph.

Arguments:

 `graph`: The input graph, it can be directed or undirected. `mapping`: A vector giving the mapping. For each vertex in the original graph, it should contain its id in the new graph. `vertex_comb`: What to do with the vertex attributes. `NULL` means that vertex attributes are not kept after the contraction (not even for unaffected vertices). See the igraph manual section about attributes for details.

Returns:

 Error code.

Time complexity: O(|V|+|E|), linear in the number or vertices plus edges.

### 3.3. `igraph_induced_subgraph` — Creates a subgraph induced by the specified vertices.

```int igraph_induced_subgraph(const igraph_t *graph, igraph_t *res,
const igraph_vs_t vids, igraph_subgraph_implementation_t impl);
```

This function collects the specified vertices and all edges between them to a new graph. As the vertex ids in a graph always start with zero, this function very likely needs to reassign ids to the vertices.

Arguments:

 `graph`: The graph object. `res`: The subgraph, another graph object will be stored here, do not initialize this object before calling this function, and call `igraph_destroy()` on it if you don't need it any more. `vids`: A vertex selector describing which vertices to keep. `impl`: This parameter selects which implementation should we use when constructing the new graph. Basically there are two possibilities: `IGRAPH_SUBGRAPH_COPY_AND_DELETE` copies the existing graph and deletes the vertices that are not needed in the new graph, while `IGRAPH_SUBGRAPH_CREATE_FROM_SCRATCH` constructs the new graph from scratch without copying the old one. The latter is more efficient if you are extracting a relatively small subpart of a very large graph, while the former is better if you want to extract a subgraph whose size is comparable to the size of the whole graph. There is a third possibility: `IGRAPH_SUBGRAPH_AUTO` will select one of the two methods automatically based on the ratio of the number of vertices in the new and the old graph.

Returns:

 Error code: `IGRAPH_ENOMEM`, not enough memory for temporary data. `IGRAPH_EINVVID`, invalid vertex id in `vids`.

Time complexity: O(|V|+|E|), |V| and |E| are the number of vertices and edges in the original graph.

 `igraph_delete_vertices()` to delete the specified set of vertices from a graph, the opposite of this function.

### 3.4. `igraph_linegraph` — Create the line graph of a graph.

```int igraph_linegraph(const igraph_t *graph, igraph_t *linegraph);
```

The line graph L(G) of a G undirected graph is defined as follows. L(G) has one vertex for each edge in G and two different vertices in L(G) are connected by an edge if their corresponding edges share an end point. In a multigraph, if two end points are shared, two edges are created. The vertex of a loop is counted as two end points.

The line graph L(G) of a G directed graph is slightly different, L(G) has one vertex for each edge in G and two vertices in L(G) are connected by a directed edge if the target of the first vertex's corresponding edge is the same as the source of the second vertex's corresponding edge.

Edge i in the original graph will correspond to vertex i in the line graph.

The first version of this function was contributed by Vincent Matossian, thanks.

Arguments:

 `graph`: The input graph, may be directed or undirected. `linegraph`: Pointer to an uninitialized graph object, the result is stored here.

Returns:

 Error code.

Time complexity: O(|V|+|E|), the number of edges plus the number of vertices.

### 3.5. `igraph_simplify` — Removes loop and/or multiple edges from the graph.

```int igraph_simplify(igraph_t *graph, igraph_bool_t multiple,
igraph_bool_t loops,
const igraph_attribute_combination_t *edge_comb);
```

Arguments:

 `graph`: The graph object. `multiple`: Logical, if true, multiple edges will be removed. `loops`: Logical, if true, loops (self edges) will be removed. `edge_comb`: What to do with the edge attributes. `NULL` means to discard the edge attributes after the operation, even for edges that were unaffeccted. See the igraph manual section about attributes for details.

Returns:

 Error code: `IGRAPH_ENOMEM` if we are out of memory.

Time complexity: O(|V|+|E|).

Example 29.8.  File `examples/simple/igraph_simplify.c`

```/* -*- mode: C -*-  */
/*
IGraph library.
Copyright (C) 2006-2012  Gabor Csardi <csardi.gabor@gmail.com>
334 Harvard st, Cambridge MA, 02139 USA

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
Foundation, Inc.,  51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA
02110-1301 USA

*/

#include <igraph.h>

int main() {

igraph_t g;

/* Multiple edges */

igraph_small(&g, 0, IGRAPH_DIRECTED, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, -1);
igraph_simplify(&g, 1, 1, /*edge_comb=*/ 0);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&g, stdout);
igraph_destroy(&g);

igraph_small(&g, 0, IGRAPH_UNDIRECTED, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, -1);
igraph_simplify(&g, 1, 1, /*edge_comb=*/ 0);
if (igraph_ecount(&g) != 1) {
return 1;
}
igraph_destroy(&g);

/* Loop edges*/

igraph_small(&g, 0, IGRAPH_DIRECTED, 0, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 1, 2, -1);
igraph_simplify(&g, 1, 1, /*edge_comb=*/ 0);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&g, stdout);
igraph_destroy(&g);

igraph_small(&g, 0, IGRAPH_UNDIRECTED, 0, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 1, 2, -1);
igraph_simplify(&g, 1, 1, /*edge_comb=*/ 0);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&g, stdout);
igraph_destroy(&g);

/* Loop & multiple edges */

igraph_small(&g, 0, IGRAPH_DIRECTED, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 2, -1);
igraph_simplify(&g, 1 /* multiple */, 0 /* loop */, /*edge_comb=*/ 0);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&g, stdout);
igraph_destroy(&g);

igraph_small(&g, 0, IGRAPH_UNDIRECTED, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 3, -1);
igraph_simplify(&g, 1 /* multiple */, 0 /* loop */, /*edge_comb=*/ 0);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&g, stdout);
igraph_destroy(&g);

igraph_small(&g, 0, IGRAPH_DIRECTED, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 2, -1);
igraph_simplify(&g, 0 /* multiple */, 1 /* loop */, /*edge_comb=*/ 0);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&g, stdout);
igraph_destroy(&g);

igraph_small(&g, 0, IGRAPH_UNDIRECTED, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, -1);
igraph_simplify(&g, 0 /* multiple */, 1 /* loop */, /*edge_comb=*/ 0);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&g, stdout);
igraph_destroy(&g);

igraph_small(&g, 0, IGRAPH_DIRECTED, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 2, 3, 2, 3, 2, 3, 2, 3, 2, -1);
igraph_simplify(&g, 1, 1, /*edge_comb=*/ 0);
igraph_write_graph_edgelist(&g, stdout);
igraph_destroy(&g);

igraph_small(&g, 0, IGRAPH_UNDIRECTED,
2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 2, 2, 3, 3, 2, 3, 2, 3, 2, -1);
igraph_simplify(&g, 1, 1, /*edge_comb=*/ 0);
if (igraph_ecount(&g) != 1) {
return 2;
}
igraph_destroy(&g);

return 0;
}
```

### 3.6. `igraph_subgraph_edges` — Creates a subgraph with the specified edges and their endpoints.

```int igraph_subgraph_edges(const igraph_t *graph, igraph_t *res,
const igraph_es_t eids, igraph_bool_t delete_vertices);
```

This function collects the specified edges and their endpoints to a new graph. As the vertex ids in a graph always start with zero, this function very likely needs to reassign ids to the vertices.

Arguments:

 `graph`: The graph object. `res`: The subgraph, another graph object will be stored here, do not initialize this object before calling this function, and call `igraph_destroy()` on it if you don't need it any more. `eids`: An edge selector describing which edges to keep. `delete_vertices`: Whether to delete the vertices not incident on any of the specified edges as well. If `FALSE`, the number of vertices in the result graph will always be equal to the number of vertices in the input graph.

Returns:

 Error code: `IGRAPH_ENOMEM`, not enough memory for temporary data. `IGRAPH_EINVEID`, invalid edge id in `eids`.

Time complexity: O(|V|+|E|), |V| and |E| are the number of vertices and edges in the original graph.

 `igraph_delete_edges()` to delete the specified set of edges from a graph, the opposite of this function.

### 3.7. `igraph_reverse_edges` — Reverses some edges of a directed graph.

```int igraph_reverse_edges(igraph_t *graph, const igraph_es_t eids);
```

This functon reverses some edges of a directed graph. The modification is done in place. All attributes, as well as the ordering of edges and vertices are preserved.

Note that is rarely necessary to reverse all edges, as almost all functions that handle directed graphs take a `mode` argument that can be set to `IGRAPH_IN` to effectively treat edges as reversed.

Arguments:

 `graph`: The graph whose edges will be reversed. `es`: The edges to be reversed. Pass `igraph_ess_all(IGRAPH_EDGEORDER_ID)` to reverse all edges.

Returns:

 Error code.

Time complexity: O(|E|) where |E| is the number of edges in the graph.