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Parallel BGL PageRank

namespace graph {
  template<typename Graph, typename RankMap, typename Done>
  inline void
  page_rank(const Graph& g, RankMap rank_map, Done done,
            typename property_traits<RankMap>::value_type damping = 0.85);

  template<typename Graph, typename RankMap>
  inline void
  page_rank(const Graph& g, RankMap rank_map);

The page_rank algorithm computes the ranking of vertices in a graph, based on the connectivity of a directed graph [PBMW98]. The idea of PageRank is based on a random model of a Web surfer, who starts a random web page and then either follows a link from that web page (choosing from the links randomly) or jumps to a completely different web page (not necessarily linked from the current page). The PageRank of each page is the probability of the random web surfer visiting that page.


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IN: Graph& g
The graph type must be a model of Distributed Vertex List Graph and Distributed Edge List Graph. The graph must be directed.
OUT: RankMap rank
Stores the rank of each vertex. The type RankMap must model the Read/Write Property Map concept and must be a distributed property map. Its key type must be the vertex descriptor of the graph type and its value type must be a floating-point or rational type.
IN: Done done

A function object that determines when the PageRank algorithm should complete. It will be passed two parameters, the rank map and a reference to the graph, and should return true when the algorithm should terminate.

Default: graph::n_iterations(20)

IN: typename property_traits<RankMap>::value_type damping

The damping factor is the probability that the Web surfer will select an outgoing link from the current page instead of jumping to a random page.

Default: 0.85


Each iteration of PageRank requires O((V + E)/p) time on p processors and performs O(V) communication. The number of iterations is dependent on the input to the algorithm.


[PBMW98]Lawrence Page, Sergey Brin, Rajeev Motwani, and Terry Winograd. The PageRank Citation Ranking: Bringing Order to the Web. Technical report, Stanford Digital Library Technologies Project, November 1998.

Copyright (C) 2005 The Trustees of Indiana University.

Authors: Douglas Gregor and Andrew Lumsdaine