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Abstract#

Graph coloring is the assignment of colors to nodes such that two nodes connected with an edge don’t have the same color. The goal is to minimize the number of colors while correctly coloring a graph.

Algorithm implementation is inspired by "Quantum Annealing (QA)" 1, a simple metaheuristic frequently used for solving discrete optimization problems.

QA is a simple strategy for exploring a solution space. The main idea is to start a search with several possible solutions. These solutions change through iterations and produce new “better” solutions. Each solution has a particular error value which depends on the error function that the algorithm optimizes. In the graph coloring scenario, the error function is often defined as the number of edges connecting nodes with the same color.

The algorithm is iterative. It applies several simple rules to change solutions in a loop (the same rules are applied multiple times). The algorithm terminates when a stop criterion is met, usually when the error becomes zero. One of the rules could be to randomly select the node involved in a conflict and change its colors.

Changes made in one iteration may not be permanent if they don’t improve the solution. But, with a certain probability, the new solution is accepted even if its error is not reduced. In that way, the algorithm is prevented from converging to local minimums too early.

1 Graph Coloring with a Distributed Hybrid Quantum Annealing Algorithm, Olawale TitiloyeAlan Crispin

TraitValue
Module typealgorithm
ImplementationPython
Graph directionundirected
Edge weightsweighted/unweighted
Parallelismparallel

Procedures#

color_graph(parameters, edge_property)#

Input:#

  • parameters: Dict[str, Any]({}) ➡ A dictionary that specifies the algorithm configuration. Configuration parameters are explained in the table below.
  • edge_property: str(weight) ➡ Edge property that stores the edge weight. Any edge attribute not present defaults to 1.

Output:#

  • node: str ➡ Represents the node ID

  • color: str ➡ Represents the assigned color

Usage:#

CALL graph_coloring.color_graph()YIELD node, color;

color_subgraph(vertices, edges, parameters, edge_property)#

Input:#

  • vertices: List[Vertex] ➡ List of vertices in the subgraph.
  • edges: List[Edge] ➡ List of edges in the subgraph.
  • parameters: Dict[str, Any]({}) ➡ A dictionary that specifies the algorithm configuration. Configuration parameters are explained in the table below.
  • edge_property: str(weight) ➡ Edge property that stores the edge weight. Any edge attribute not present defaults to 1.

Output:#

  • node: str ➡ Represents the node ID

  • color: str ➡ Represents the assigned color

Usage:#

MATCH (a:)-[e:]->(b:)WITH collect(a) as nodes, collect (e) as edgesCALL graph_coloring.color_subgraph(nodes, edges, {no_of_colors: 2})YIELD color, node;

Parameters#

NameTypeDefaultDescription
algorithmStringQAAn optimization strategy used to find graph coloring.
no_of_colorsInteger10The number of colors used to color the nodes of the graph.
no_of_processesInteger1The number of processes used to execute the algorithm in parallel.
population_sizeInteger15The number of different solutions that are improved through iterations.
population_factoryStringChainChunkFactoryThe name of a function that generates an initial population.
init_algorithmsList[String][SDO, LDO]Contains algorithms used to initialize the solutions.
errorStringConflictErrorThe name of an error function that is minimized by an optimization strategy.
max_iterationsInteger10The maximum number of iterations of an algorithm.
iteration_callbacksList[String][]Contains iteration callbacks. Iteration callback is called after each iteration of the iterative algorithm. Iteration callback saves certain population information and calls specified actions if certain conditions are met.
communication_delayInteger10The number of iterations that must pass for neighboring parts to exchange solutions.
logging_delayInteger10The number of iteration after the algorithm information is logged.
QA_temperatureFloat0.035The temperature parameter of the quantum annealing algorithm.
QA_max_stepsFloat10The maximum number of steps in one iteration.
conflict_err_alphaFloat0.1The number that scales the sum of the conflicting edges in the error function formula.
conflict_err_betaFloat0.001The number that scales the correlation between solutions in the error function formula.
mutationStringSimpleMutationThe name of a function that changes the solutions.
multiple_mutation_no_of_nodesInteger2The number of nodes that will change color.
random_mutation_probabilityFloat0.1The probability that the color of the random node (it does not have to be conflicting) will be changed.
simple_tunneling_mutationStringMultipleMutationThe name of a mutation function.
simple_tunneling_probabilityFloat0.5The probability of changing an individual.
simple_tunneling_error_correctionFloat2The mutated individual is accepted only if its error is less than the error of the old individual multiplied by this parameter.
simple_tunneling_max_attemptsInteger25The maximum number of mutation attempts until the individual is accepted.
convergence_callback_toleranceInteger500The maximum number of iterations in which if the algorithm does not find a better solution convergence occurs and defined actions are called.
convergence_callback_actionsString[SimpleTunneling]Actions that are called when convergence is detected.

Example#