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# networkx.algorithms.similarity.simrank_similarity¶

`simrank_similarity`(G, source=None, target=None, importance_factor=0.9, max_iterations=100, tolerance=0.0001)[source]

Returns the SimRank similarity of nodes in the graph `G`.

SimRank is a similarity metric that says “two objects are considered to be similar if they are referenced by similar objects.” .

The pseudo-code definition from the paper is:

```def simrank(G, u, v):
in_neighbors_u = G.predecessors(u)
in_neighbors_v = G.predecessors(v)
scale = C / (len(in_neighbors_u) * len(in_neighbors_v))
return scale * sum(simrank(G, w, x)
for w, x in product(in_neighbors_u,
in_neighbors_v))
```

where `G` is the graph, `u` is the source, `v` is the target, and `C` is a float decay or importance factor between 0 and 1.

The SimRank algorithm for determining node similarity is defined in .

Parameters
GNetworkX graph

A NetworkX graph

sourcenode

If this is specified, the returned dictionary maps each node `v` in the graph to the similarity between `source` and `v`.

targetnode

If both `source` and `target` are specified, the similarity value between `source` and `target` is returned. If `target` is specified but `source` is not, this argument is ignored.

importance_factorfloat

The relative importance of indirect neighbors with respect to direct neighbors.

max_iterationsinteger

Maximum number of iterations.

tolerancefloat

Error tolerance used to check convergence. When an iteration of the algorithm finds that no similarity value changes more than this amount, the algorithm halts.

Returns
similaritydictionary or float

If `source` and `target` are both `None`, this returns a dictionary of dictionaries, where keys are node pairs and value are similarity of the pair of nodes.

If `source` is not `None` but `target` is, this returns a dictionary mapping node to the similarity of `source` and that node.

If neither `source` nor `target` is `None`, this returns the similarity value for the given pair of nodes.

References

1

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SimRank

2

G. Jeh and J. Widom. “SimRank: a measure of structural-context similarity”, In KDD’02: Proceedings of the Eighth ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, pp. 538–543. ACM Press, 2002.

Examples

If the nodes of the graph are numbered from zero to n - 1, where n is the number of nodes in the graph, you can create a SimRank matrix from the return value of this function where the node numbers are the row and column indices of the matrix:

```>>> import numpy as np
>>> G = nx.cycle_graph(4)
>>> sim = nx.simrank_similarity(G)
>>> lol = [[sim[u][v] for v in sorted(sim[u])] for u in sorted(sim)]
>>> sim_array = np.array(lol)
```