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Re: Label vertices in Graph to display with GraphPlot

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  • Subject: [mg87276] Re: [mg87213] Label vertices in Graph to display with GraphPlot
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2008 06:43:35 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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At last I figured it out.  (And no thanks to the documentation.)

Here's a simple example of using non-default vertex labels in a 
GraphPlot display with a graph created by a GraphPlot function:


   labels = {"a", "b", "c", "d"};
   GraphPlot[Wheel[4], Method -> None,
     VertexRenderingFunction ->
        ({EdgeForm[{Brown}], Yellow, Disk[#1, 0.05],
         Black, Text[labels[[#2]], #1]} &),
     BaseStyle -> {FontSize -> 16}]

The "secret" is in the meaning of the slot argument #2 to Text within 
the VertexRenderingFunction.

Murray Eisenberg wrote:
> I'm using some Combinatorica functions to create graphs where I do not 
> specify individually the vertices -- and hence do not individually 
> specify the vertex labels I want, e.g.:
>    g = RotateVertices[Cycle[5], \[Pi]/10]; g = AddEdge[g, {2, 5}];
>    g = SetGraphOptions[g, VertexLabel -> Characters["abcde"]];
> If I use Combinatorica`ShowGraph, then I'll see the vertex labels:
>    ShowGraph[g]
> However, if I use Mathematica 6's kernel function GraphPlot, I don't see 
> these individual labels, but rather the entire list {a,b,c,d,e} of 
> labels at each vertex!
>    GraphPlot[g,Method->None,VertexRenderingFunction->(Text[#2,#1]&)
> How do I coerce GraphPlot to reproduce the behavior of ShowGraph, so 
> that it labels the individual vertices with a, b, c, d, e?
> (The interaction between Combintorica's graph-creating functions, on the 
> one hand, and GraphPlot, on the other hand, remains mysterious and 
> severely underdocumented for me.
> It seems there's a clear attempt to migrate display of graphs to the 
> kernel function GraphPlot and thereby discourage use of ShowGraph, yet 
> in almost everything I've attempted so far, GraphPlot does not so 
> readily or gracefully reproduce the functionality of Combinatorica'a 
> ShowGraph.  This is most especially the case as it affects relative 
> newcomers to Mathematica like my students.)

Murray Eisenberg                     murray at
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