`class Matching(object):`

A matching of vertices in a graph.

A matching of an undirected graph is a set of edges such that each vertex is incident on at most one matched edge. When each vertex is incident on *exactly* one matched edge, the matching called *perfect*. This class is used in `igraph` to represent non-perfect and perfect matchings in undirected graphs.

This class is usually not instantiated directly, everything is taken care of by the functions that return matchings.

Examples:

>>> from igraph import Graph >>> g = Graph.Famous("noperfectmatching") >>> matching = g.maximum_matching()

Method | `__init__` |
Initializes the matching. |

Method | `__len__` |
Undocumented |

Method | `__repr__` |
Undocumented |

Method | `__str__` |
Undocumented |

Method | `edges` |
Returns an edge sequence that contains the edges in the matching. |

Method | `is` |
Returns whether the given vertex is matched to another one. |

Method | `is` |
Returns whether the matching is maximal. |

Method | `match` |
Returns the vertex a given vertex is matched to. |

Method | `matching` |
Sets the matching vector. |

Method | `types` |
Undocumented |

Property | `graph` |
Returns the graph corresponding to the matching. |

Property | `matching` |
Returns the matching vector where element i contains the ID of the vertex that vertex i is matched to. |

Property | `types` |
Returns the type vector if the graph is bipartite. |

Instance Variable | `_graph` |
Undocumented |

Instance Variable | `_matching` |
Undocumented |

Instance Variable | `_num` |
Undocumented |

Instance Variable | `_types` |
Undocumented |

Initializes the matching.

Parameters | |

graph | the graph the matching belongs to |

matching | a numeric vector where element i corresponds to vertex i of the graph. Element i is -1 or if the corresponding vertex is unmatched, otherwise it contains the index of the vertex to which vertex i is matched. |

types | the types of the vertices if the graph is bipartite. It must either be the name of a vertex attribute (which will be retrieved for all vertices) or a list. Elements in the list will be converted to boolean values True or False, and this will determine which part of the bipartite graph a given vertex belongs to. |

Raises | |

`ValueError` | if the matching vector supplied does not describe a valid matching of the graph. |

Returns an edge sequence that contains the edges in the matching.

If there are multiple edges between a pair of matched vertices, only one of them will be returned.

Returns whether the matching is maximal.

A matching is maximal when it is not possible to extend it any more with extra edges; in other words, unmatched vertices in the graph must be adjacent to matched vertices only.

Returns the vertex a given vertex is matched to.

Parameters | |

vertex | the vertex we are interested in; either an integer index or an instance of `Vertex` . |

Returns | |

the index of the vertex matched to the given vertex, either as an integer index (if vertex was integer) or as an instance of `Vertex` . When the vertex is unmatched, returns None. |

Sets the matching vector.

Parameters | |

value | the matching vector which must contain the ID of the vertex matching vertex i at the ith position, or -1 if the vertex is unmatched. |

Raises | |

`ValueError` | if the matching vector supplied does not describe a valid matching of the graph. |

Returns the matching vector where element *i* contains the ID of the vertex that vertex *i* is matched to.

The matching vector will contain `-1` for unmatched vertices.