modularity(G, communities, weight='weight', resolution=1)[source]

Returns the modularity of the given partition of the graph.

Modularity is defined in [1] as

\[Q = \frac{1}{2m} \sum_{ij} \left( A_{ij} - \gamma\frac{k_ik_j}{2m}\right) \delta(c_i,c_j)\]

where \(m\) is the number of edges, \(A\) is the adjacency matrix of G, \(k_i\) is the degree of \(i\), \(\gamma\) is the resolution parameter, and \(\delta(c_i, c_j)\) is 1 if \(i\) and \(j\) are in the same community else 0.

According to [2] (and verified by some algebra) this can be reduced to

\[Q = \sum_{c=1}^{n} \left[ \frac{L_c}{m} - \gamma\left( \frac{k_c}{2m} \right) ^2 \right]\]

where the sum iterates over all communities \(c\), \(m\) is the number of edges, \(L_c\) is the number of intra-community links for community \(c\), \(k_c\) is the sum of degrees of the nodes in community \(c\), and \(\gamma\) is the resolution parameter.

The resolution parameter sets an arbitrary tradeoff between intra-group edges and inter-group edges. More complex grouping patterns can be discovered by analyzing the same network with multiple values of gamma and then combining the results [3]. That said, it is very common to simply use gamma=1. More on the choice of gamma is in [4].

The second formula is the one actually used in calculation of the modularity. For directed graphs the second formula replaces \(k_c\) with \(k^{in}_c k^{out}_c\).

GNetworkX Graph
communitieslist or iterable of set of nodes

These node sets must represent a partition of G’s nodes.

weightstring or None, optional (default=”weight”)

The edge attribute that holds the numerical value used as a weight. If None or an edge does not have that attribute, then that edge has weight 1.

resolutionfloat (default=1)

If resolution is less than 1, modularity favors larger communities. Greater than 1 favors smaller communities.


The modularity of the paritition.


If communities is not a partition of the nodes of G.



M. E. J. Newman “Networks: An Introduction”, page 224. Oxford University Press, 2011.


Clauset, Aaron, Mark EJ Newman, and Cristopher Moore. “Finding community structure in very large networks.” Phys. Rev. E 70.6 (2004). <>


Reichardt and Bornholdt “Statistical Mechanics of Community Detection” Phys. Rev. E 74, 016110, 2006.


M. E. J. Newman, “Equivalence between modularity optimization and maximum likelihood methods for community detection” Phys. Rev. E 94, 052315, 2016.


>>> import as nx_comm
>>> G = nx.barbell_graph(3, 0)
>>> nx_comm.modularity(G, [{0, 1, 2}, {3, 4, 5}])
>>> nx_comm.modularity(G, nx_comm.label_propagation_communities(G))