gives a list of Katz centralities for the vertices in the graph g and weight α.


gives a list of Katz centralities using weight α and initial centralities β.


uses rules vw to specify the graph g.

Details and Options

  • KatzCentrality gives a list of centralities that satisfy c=alpha TemplateBox[{a}, Transpose].c+beta, where is the adjacency matrix of g.
  • If β is a scalar, it is taken to mean {β,β,}.
  • KatzCentrality[g,α] is equivalent to KatzCentrality[g,α,1].
  • The option WorkingPrecision->p can be used to control the precision used in internal computations.
  • KatzCentrality works with undirected graphs, directed graphs, multigraphs, and mixed graphs.


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Basic Examples  (2)

Compute Katz centralities:


Rank vertices by centrality; higher value means more influence:

Scope  (8)

KatzCentrality works with undirected graphs:

Directed graphs:


Mixed graphs:

Use rules to specify the graph:

Use weights:

Nondefault initial centralities:

KatzCentrality works with large graphs:

Options  (3)

WorkingPrecision  (3)

By default, KatzCentrality finds centralities using machine-precision computations:

Specify a higher working precision:

Infinite working precision corresponds to exact computation:

Applications  (6)

Rank vertices of a graph by their importance in their reachable neighborhood:

Highlight the Katz centrality for CycleGraph:




Simulate a citation network:

Find the top five most important papers and highlight them:

Predict a partition of the Zachary karate club in case of a conflict between influential members:

Show the partition:

Find the most common ancestor in a family tree:

Find descendants at the bottom of the tree:

In a trust network among employees, select employees who could efficiently spread the corporate culture:

Employees who are less likely to influence others:

Properties & Relations  (4)

The centrality vector satisfies the equation c=alpha TemplateBox[{a}, Transpose].c+beta:

EigenvectorCentrality is a special case of KatzCentrality:

Take and with the largest eigenvalue of the adjacency matrix:

As , all vertices get the same centrality:

Use VertexIndex to obtain the centrality of a specific vertex:

Wolfram Research (2010), KatzCentrality, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/KatzCentrality.html (updated 2015).


Wolfram Research (2010), KatzCentrality, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/KatzCentrality.html (updated 2015).


Wolfram Language. 2010. "KatzCentrality." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. Last Modified 2015. https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/KatzCentrality.html.


Wolfram Language. (2010). KatzCentrality. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/KatzCentrality.html


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