Note that the graph readers in PMC and PGD are quite robust, and capable of reading and inferring the format type of the graph in many cases. Also, the mtx readers in those libraries are able to read mtx files that may violate one or more of the MTX file characteristics.
Matrix Market Coordinate Format (symmetric)
For details see: http://math.nist.gov/MatrixMarket/formats.html#MMformat
%MatrixMarket matrix coordinate pattern symmetric
4 4 6
2 1
3 1
3 2
4 1
4 2
4 3
Note comments are denoted by at least one %
.
The header line is usually the first line that begins with at least one %
and in many cases two %%
, followed by MatrixMarket
and in most cases four fields that describe the data stored.
In general, the first line to appear without %
represents N M K
where N is the number of rows, M is the number of columns, and K is the number of nonzeros in the matrix.
For undirected graphs, the first line to appear without %
represents N N M
where N is the number of nodes and M is the number of edges. For instance, the first line above is 4 4 6
and indicates the number of nodes is N=4 and number of edges is M=6.
A graph file with the extension .mtx
is read (by PGD and PMC above) using this (somewhat) strict mtx graph reader.
Thus, if the graph file does not strictly follow the above mtx format (e.g., if the graph is an edge list, without the header line or the line that encodes the number of rows, columns, and nonzeros,
then the file extension should be changed to allow it to be read by the more flexible graph reader discussed below.
Edge list: These codes are designed to be as flexible as possible and accept many variations of edge lists. Note these codes may be slightly slower than the mtx reader. This is due to allowing flexible edge list formats. Hence, this reader must perform many checks to figure out the exact format of the input file, and performs any necessary preprocessing work that may be required.
Delimiters: The reader accepts comma, space, or tab delimited edge lists.
Comments: Comments are allowed and should be denoted with the first character of a newline as # or %
Weights: If an edge list contains weights on the 3rd column, they are simply ignored. A user may specify to read the weights by setting the wt parameter or by noting the graph is in fact a temporal graph.
Multigraph: When an edge list contains multiple edges, we simply remove the duplicate edges.
The edge list may also contain gaps in the vertex ids (non sequential vertex ids) and start from any positive integer. Self-loops are removed.
The edge list is assumed to be undirected. However, if a directed graph is given, it is simply treated as undirected.
A file in the Matrix Market format comprises four parts:
The header line has the form
%MatrixMarket object format field symmetry
or
%MatrixMarket object format field symmetry
The header line must be the first line of the file, and the header line must begin with the string %MatrixMarket or %%MatrixMarket. The four fields that follow that string are
If the field of a matrix is pattern, then only the locations of the nonzeros will be listed. This presumes, obviously, that we are using the coordinate format!
If the symmetry of a matrix is symmetric or hermitian, then only the entries on or below the main diagonal are to be listed. If the symmetry is skew-symmetric, then only the entries strictly below the main diagonal are to be listed.
The comment lines, if any, should follow the header line. The only requirement is that each comment line begin with a percent sign.
If format was specified as array, then the size line has the form:
m nwhere
If format was specified as coordinate, then the size line has the form:
m n nonzeroswhere
If format was specified as array, there must follow exactly m * n data lines, one for each entry, listed by columns, having the form
valuewhere
If format was specified as coordinate, there must follow exactly nonzeros data lines, one for each matrix entry that is to be listed, having the form
i j valuewhere