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Checks whether G is a chordal graph.

A graph is chordal if every cycle of length at least 4 has a chord (an edge joining two nodes not adjacent in the cycle).

Parameters:G (graph) – A NetworkX graph.
Returns:chordal – True if G is a chordal graph and False otherwise.
Return type:bool
Raises:NetworkXError – The algorithm does not support DiGraph, MultiGraph and MultiDiGraph. If the input graph is an instance of one of these classes, a NetworkXError is raised.


>>> import networkx as nx
>>> e=[(1,2),(1,3),(2,3),(2,4),(3,4),(3,5),(3,6),(4,5),(4,6),(5,6)]
>>> G=nx.Graph(e)
>>> nx.is_chordal(G)


The routine tries to go through every node following maximum cardinality search. It returns False when it finds that the separator for any node is not a clique. Based on the algorithms in [1].


[1]R. E. Tarjan and M. Yannakakis, Simple linear-time algorithms to test chordality of graphs, test acyclicity of hypergraphs, and selectively reduce acyclic hypergraphs, SIAM J. Comput., 13 (1984), pp. 566–579.