If we present nodes as pages and directed relationships between them as links, the PageRank algorithm outputs a probability distribution used to represent the likelihood that a person randomly clicking on links will arrive at any particular page.

PageRank theory holds that an imaginary surfer who is randomly clicking on links will eventually stop clicking. The probability, at any step, that the person will continue randomly clicking on links is called a damping factor, otherwise, the next page is chosen randomly among all pages.

PageRank is computed iteratively using the following formula:

Rank(n, t + 1) = (1 - d) / number_of_nodes
                + d * sum { Rank(in_neighbour_of_n, t) /

Where Rank(n, t) is PageRank of node n at iteration t. In the end, rank values are normalized to sum 1 to form a probability distribution.

The algorithm is implemented in such a way that all available threads are used to calculate PageRank, mostly for scalability purposes.

Default arguments are equal to default arguments in NetworkX (opens in a new tab) PageRank implementation.

Module typealgorithm
Graph directiondirected
Edge weightsunweighted



The procedure calculates the PageRank.


  • subgraph: Graph (OPTIONAL) ➡ A specific subgraph, which is an object of type Graph returned by the project() function, on which the algorithm is run.
  • max_iterations: integer (default=100) ➡ Maximum number of iterations within PageRank algorithm.
  • damping_factor: double (default=0.85) ➡ PageRanks damping factor. This is the probability of continuing the random walk from a random node within the graph.
  • stop_epsilon: double (default=1e-5) ➡ Value used to terminate the iterations of PageRank. If change from one iteration to another is lower than stop_epsilon, execution is stopped.


  • node ➡ Node in the graph, for which PageRank is calculated.
  • rank ➡ Normalized ranking of a node. Expresses the probability that a random surfer will finish in a certain node by a random walk.


The following query calculated the PageRank:

CALL pagerank.get()
YIELD node, rank;


Database state

The database contains the following data:

Created with the following Cypher queries:

MERGE (a:Node {id: 1}) MERGE (b:Node {id: 0}) CREATE (a)-[:RELATION]->(b);
MERGE (a:Node {id: 2}) MERGE (b:Node {id: 0}) CREATE (a)-[:RELATION]->(b);
MERGE (a:Node {id: 3}) MERGE (b:Node {id: 0}) CREATE (a)-[:RELATION]->(b);
MERGE (a:Node {id: 4}) MERGE (b:Node {id: 0}) CREATE (a)-[:RELATION]->(b);
MERGE (a:Node {id: 5}) MERGE (b:Node {id: 0}) CREATE (a)-[:RELATION]->(b);
MERGE (a:Node {id: 6}) MERGE (b:Node {id: 0}) CREATE (a)-[:RELATION]->(b);
MERGE (a:Node {id: 0}) MERGE (b:Node {id: 7}) CREATE (a)-[:RELATION]->(b);

Calculate PageRank

Calculate PageRank using the following query:

CALL pagerank.get()
YIELD node, rank
RETURN node, rank;


| node            | rank            |
| (:Node {id: 1}) | 0.0546896       |
| (:Node {id: 0}) | 0.333607        |
| (:Node {id: 2}) | 0.0546896       |
| (:Node {id: 3}) | 0.0546896       |
| (:Node {id: 4}) | 0.0546896       |
| (:Node {id: 5}) | 0.0546896       |
| (:Node {id: 6}) | 0.0546896       |
| (:Node {id: 7}) | 0.338255        |