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random_kernel_graph(n, kernel_integral, kernel_root=None, seed=None)[source]

Returns an random graph based on the specified kernel.

The algorithm chooses each of the \([n(n-1)]/2\) possible edges with probability specified by a kernel \(\kappa(x,y)\) [1]. The kernel \(\kappa(x,y)\) must be a symmetric (in \(x,y\)), non-negative, bounded function.

  • n (int) – The number of nodes
  • kernal_integral (function) – Function that returns the definite integral of the kernel \(\kappa(x,y)\), \(F(y,a,b) := \int_a^b \kappa(x,y)dx\)
  • kernel_root (function (optional)) – Function that returns the root \(b\) of the equation \(F(y,a,b) = r\). If None, the root is found using scipy.optimize.brentq() (this requires SciPy).
  • seed (integer, random_state, or None (default)) – Indicator of random number generation state. See Randomness.


The kernel is specified through its definite integral which must be provided as one of the arguments. If the integral and root of the kernel integral can be found in \(O(1)\) time then this algorithm runs in time \(O(n+m)\) where m is the expected number of edges [2].

The nodes are set to integers from \(0\) to \(n-1\).


Generate an Erdős–Rényi random graph \(G(n,c/n)\), with kernel \(\kappa(x,y)=c\) where \(c\) is the mean expected degree.

>>> def integral(u, w, z):
...     return c * (z - w)
>>> def root(u, w, r):
...     return r / c + w
>>> c = 1
>>> graph = nx.random_kernel_graph(1000, integral, root)

See also

gnp_random_graph(), expected_degree_graph()


[1]Bollobás, Béla, Janson, S. and Riordan, O. “The phase transition in inhomogeneous random graphs”, Random Structures Algorithms, 31, 3–122, 2007.
[2]Hagberg A, Lemons N (2015), “Fast Generation of Sparse Random Kernel Graphs”. PLoS ONE 10(9): e0135177, 2015. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0135177