Distances/shortest paths between all pairs of vertices¶
This module implements a few functions that deal with the computation of distances or shortest paths between all pairs of vertices.
Efficiency : Because these functions involve listing many times the (out)neighborhoods of (di)graphs, it is useful in terms of efficiency to build a temporary copy of the graph in a data structure that makes it easy to compute quickly. These functions also work on large volume of data, typically dense matrices of size \(n^2\), and are expected to return corresponding dictionaries of size \(n^2\), where the integers corresponding to the vertices have first been converted to the vertices’ labels. Sadly, this last translating operation turns out to be the most timeconsuming, and for this reason it is also nice to have a Cython module, and version of these functions that return C arrays, in order to avoid these operations when they are not necessary.
Memory cost : The methods implemented in the current module sometimes need large amounts of memory to return their result. Storing the distances between all pairs of vertices in a graph on \(1500\) vertices as a dictionary of dictionaries takes around 200MB, while storing the same information as a C array requires 4MB.
The module’s main function¶
The C function all_pairs_shortest_path_BFS
actually does all the
computations, and all the others (except for Floyd_Warshall
) are just
wrapping it. This function begins with copying the graph in a data structure
that makes it fast to query the outneighbors of a vertex, then starts one
Breadth First Search per vertex of the (di)graph.
What can this function compute ?
The matrix of predecessors.
This matrix \(P\) has size \(n^2\), and is such that vertex \(P[u,v]\) is a predecessor of \(v\) on a shortest \(uv\)path. Hence, this matrix efficiently encodes the information of a shortest \(uv\)path for any \(u,v\in G\) : indeed, to go from \(u\) to \(v\) you should first find a shortest \(uP[u,v]\)path, then jump from \(P[u,v]\) to \(v\) as it is one of its outneighbors. Apply recursively and find out what the whole path is !.
The matrix of distances.
This matrix has size \(n^2\) and associates to any \(uv\) the distance from \(u\) to \(v\).
The vector of eccentricities.
This vector of size \(n\) encodes for each vertex \(v\) the distance to vertex which is furthest from \(v\) in the graph. In particular, the diameter of the graph is the maximum of these values.
What does it take as input ?
gg
a (Di)Graph.unsigned short * predecessors
– a pointer toward an array of size \(n^2\cdot\text{sizeof(unsigned short)}\). Set toNULL
if you do not want to compute the predecessors.unsigned short * distances
– a pointer toward an array of size \(n^2\cdot\text{sizeof(unsigned short)}\). The computation of the distances is necessary for the algorithm, so this value can not be set toNULL
.int * eccentricity
– a pointer toward an array of size \(n\cdot\text{sizeof(int)}\). Set toNULL
if you do not want to compute the eccentricity.
Technical details
 The vertices are encoded as \(1, ..., n\) as they appear in the ordering of
G.vertices()
, unless another ordering is specified by the user.  Because this function works on matrices whose size is quadratic compared to the number of vertices when computing all distances or predecessors, it uses short variables to store the vertices’ names instead of long ones to divide by 2 the size in memory. This means that only the diameter/eccentricities can be computed on a graph of more than 65536 nodes. For information, the current version of the algorithm on a graph with \(65536=2^{16}\) nodes creates in memory \(2\) tables on \(2^{32}\) short elements (2bytes each), for a total of \(2^{33}\) bytes or \(8\) gigabytes. In order to support larger sizes, we would have to replace shorts by 32bits int or 64bits int, which would then require respectively 16GB or 32GB.
 In the C version of these functions, infinite distances are represented with
<unsigned short> 1 = 65535
forunsigned short
variables, and byINT32_MAX
otherwise. These case happens when the input is a disconnected graph, or a nonstronglyconnected digraph.  A memory error is raised when data structures allocation failed. This could happen with large graphs on computers with low memory space.
Warning
The function all_pairs_shortest_path_BFS
has no reason to be called
by the user, even though he would be writing his code in Cython and look for
efficiency. This module contains wrappers for this function that feed it
with the good parameters. As the function is inlined, using those wrappers
actually saves time as it should avoid testing the parameters again and
again in the main function’s body.
AUTHOR:
 Nathann Cohen (2011)
 David Coudert (2014) – 2sweep, multisweep and iFUB for diameter computation
Functions¶

sage.graphs.distances_all_pairs.
diameter
(G, algorithm='iFUB', source=None)¶ Return the diameter of \(G\).
This algorithm returns Infinity if the (di)graph is not connected. It can also quickly return a lower bound on the diameter using the
2sweep
andmultisweep
schemes.INPUT:
algorithm
– (default: ‘iFUB’) specifies the algorithm to use among:'standard'
– Computes the diameter of the input (di)graph as the largest eccentricity of its vertices. This is the classical algorithm with time complexity in \(O(nm)\).'2sweep'
– Computes a lower bound on the diameter of an unweighted undirected graph using 2 BFS, as proposed in [MLH2008]. It first selects a vertex \(v\) that is at largest distance from an initial vertex source using BFS. Then it performs a second BFS from \(v\). The largest distance from \(v\) is returned as a lower bound on the diameter of \(G\). The time complexity of this algorithm is linear in the size of \(G\).'multisweep'
– Computes a lower bound on the diameter of an unweighted undirected graph using several iterations of the2sweep
algorithms [CGHLM2013]. Roughly, it first uses2sweep
to identify two vertices \(u\) and \(v\) that are far apart. Then it selects a vertex \(w\) that is at same distance from \(u\) and \(v\). This vertex \(w\) will serve as the new source for another iteration of the2sweep
algorithm that may improve the current lower bound on the diameter. This process is repeated as long as the lower bound on the diameter is improved.'iFUB'
– The iFUB (iterative Fringe Upper Bound) algorithm, proposed in [CGILM2010], computes the exact value of the diameter of an unweighted undirected graph. It is based on the following observation:The diameter of the graph is equal to the maximum eccentricity of a vertex. Let \(v\) be any vertex, and let \(V\) be partitionned into \(A\cup B\) where:
\[\begin{split}d(v,a) \leq i, \forall a \in A\\ d(v,b) \geq i, \forall b \in B\end{split}\]As all vertices from \(A\) are at distance \(\leq 2i\) from each other, a vertex \(a\in A\) with eccentricity \(ecc(a)>2i\) is at distance \(ecc(a)\) from some vertex \(b\in B\).
Consequently, if we have already computed the maximum eccentricity \(m\) of all vertices in \(B\) and if \(m>2i\), then we do not need to compute the eccentricity of the vertices in \(A\).
Starting from a vertex \(v\) obtained through a multisweep computation (which refines the 4sweep algorithm used in [CGHLM2013]), we compute the diameter by computing the eccentricity of all vertices sorted decreasingly according to their distance to \(v\), and stop as allowed by the remark above. The worst case time complexity of the iFUB algorithm is \(O(nm)\), but it can be very fast in practice.
source
– (default: None) vertex from which to start the first BFS. Ifsource==None
, an arbitrary vertex of the graph is chosen. Raise an error if the initial vertex is not in \(G\). This parameter is not used whenalgorithm=='standard'
.
EXAMPLES:
sage: from sage.graphs.distances_all_pairs import diameter sage: G = graphs.PetersenGraph() sage: diameter(G, algorithm='iFUB') 2 sage: G = Graph({0: [], 1: [], 2: [1]}) sage: diameter(G, algorithm='iFUB') +Infinity
Although max( ) is usually defined as Infinity, since the diameter will never be negative, we define it to be zero:
sage: G = graphs.EmptyGraph() sage: diameter(G, algorithm='iFUB') 0
Comparison of exact algorithms:
sage: G = graphs.RandomBarabasiAlbert(100, 2) sage: d1 = diameter(G, algorithm='standard') sage: d2 = diameter(G, algorithm='iFUB') sage: d3 = diameter(G, algorithm='iFUB', source=G.random_vertex()) sage: if d1 != d2 or d1 != d3: print("Something goes wrong!")
Comparison of lower bound algorithms:
sage: lb2 = diameter(G, algorithm='2sweep') sage: lbm = diameter(G, algorithm='multisweep') sage: if not (lb2 <= lbm and lbm <= d3): print("Something goes wrong!")

sage.graphs.distances_all_pairs.
distances_all_pairs
(G)¶ Return the matrix of distances in G.
This function returns a double dictionary
D
of vertices, in which the distance between verticesu
andv
isD[u][v]
.EXAMPLES:
sage: from sage.graphs.distances_all_pairs import distances_all_pairs sage: g = graphs.PetersenGraph() sage: distances_all_pairs(g) {0: {0: 0, 1: 1, 2: 2, 3: 2, 4: 1, 5: 1, 6: 2, 7: 2, 8: 2, 9: 2}, 1: {0: 1, 1: 0, 2: 1, 3: 2, 4: 2, 5: 2, 6: 1, 7: 2, 8: 2, 9: 2}, 2: {0: 2, 1: 1, 2: 0, 3: 1, 4: 2, 5: 2, 6: 2, 7: 1, 8: 2, 9: 2}, 3: {0: 2, 1: 2, 2: 1, 3: 0, 4: 1, 5: 2, 6: 2, 7: 2, 8: 1, 9: 2}, 4: {0: 1, 1: 2, 2: 2, 3: 1, 4: 0, 5: 2, 6: 2, 7: 2, 8: 2, 9: 1}, 5: {0: 1, 1: 2, 2: 2, 3: 2, 4: 2, 5: 0, 6: 2, 7: 1, 8: 1, 9: 2}, 6: {0: 2, 1: 1, 2: 2, 3: 2, 4: 2, 5: 2, 6: 0, 7: 2, 8: 1, 9: 1}, 7: {0: 2, 1: 2, 2: 1, 3: 2, 4: 2, 5: 1, 6: 2, 7: 0, 8: 2, 9: 1}, 8: {0: 2, 1: 2, 2: 2, 3: 1, 4: 2, 5: 1, 6: 1, 7: 2, 8: 0, 9: 2}, 9: {0: 2, 1: 2, 2: 2, 3: 2, 4: 1, 5: 2, 6: 1, 7: 1, 8: 2, 9: 0}}

sage.graphs.distances_all_pairs.
distances_and_predecessors_all_pairs
(G)¶ Return the matrix of distances in G and the matrix of predecessors.
Distances : the matrix \(M\) returned is of length \(n^2\), and the distance between vertices \(u\) and \(v\) is \(M[u,v]\). The integer corresponding to a vertex is its index in the list
G.vertices()
.Predecessors : the matrix \(P\) returned has size \(n^2\), and is such that vertex \(P[u,v]\) is a predecessor of \(v\) on a shortest \(uv\)path. Hence, this matrix efficiently encodes the information of a shortest \(uv\)path for any \(u,v\in G\) : indeed, to go from \(u\) to \(v\) you should first find a shortest \(uP[u,v]\)path, then jump from \(P[u,v]\) to \(v\) as it is one of its outneighbors.
EXAMPLES:
sage: from sage.graphs.distances_all_pairs import distances_and_predecessors_all_pairs sage: g = graphs.PetersenGraph() sage: distances_and_predecessors_all_pairs(g) ({0: {0: 0, 1: 1, 2: 2, 3: 2, 4: 1, 5: 1, 6: 2, 7: 2, 8: 2, 9: 2}, 1: {0: 1, 1: 0, 2: 1, 3: 2, 4: 2, 5: 2, 6: 1, 7: 2, 8: 2, 9: 2}, 2: {0: 2, 1: 1, 2: 0, 3: 1, 4: 2, 5: 2, 6: 2, 7: 1, 8: 2, 9: 2}, 3: {0: 2, 1: 2, 2: 1, 3: 0, 4: 1, 5: 2, 6: 2, 7: 2, 8: 1, 9: 2}, 4: {0: 1, 1: 2, 2: 2, 3: 1, 4: 0, 5: 2, 6: 2, 7: 2, 8: 2, 9: 1}, 5: {0: 1, 1: 2, 2: 2, 3: 2, 4: 2, 5: 0, 6: 2, 7: 1, 8: 1, 9: 2}, 6: {0: 2, 1: 1, 2: 2, 3: 2, 4: 2, 5: 2, 6: 0, 7: 2, 8: 1, 9: 1}, 7: {0: 2, 1: 2, 2: 1, 3: 2, 4: 2, 5: 1, 6: 2, 7: 0, 8: 2, 9: 1}, 8: {0: 2, 1: 2, 2: 2, 3: 1, 4: 2, 5: 1, 6: 1, 7: 2, 8: 0, 9: 2}, 9: {0: 2, 1: 2, 2: 2, 3: 2, 4: 1, 5: 2, 6: 1, 7: 1, 8: 2, 9: 0}}, {0: {0: None, 1: 0, 2: 1, 3: 4, 4: 0, 5: 0, 6: 1, 7: 5, 8: 5, 9: 4}, 1: {0: 1, 1: None, 2: 1, 3: 2, 4: 0, 5: 0, 6: 1, 7: 2, 8: 6, 9: 6}, 2: {0: 1, 1: 2, 2: None, 3: 2, 4: 3, 5: 7, 6: 1, 7: 2, 8: 3, 9: 7}, 3: {0: 4, 1: 2, 2: 3, 3: None, 4: 3, 5: 8, 6: 8, 7: 2, 8: 3, 9: 4}, 4: {0: 4, 1: 0, 2: 3, 3: 4, 4: None, 5: 0, 6: 9, 7: 9, 8: 3, 9: 4}, 5: {0: 5, 1: 0, 2: 7, 3: 8, 4: 0, 5: None, 6: 8, 7: 5, 8: 5, 9: 7}, 6: {0: 1, 1: 6, 2: 1, 3: 8, 4: 9, 5: 8, 6: None, 7: 9, 8: 6, 9: 6}, 7: {0: 5, 1: 2, 2: 7, 3: 2, 4: 9, 5: 7, 6: 9, 7: None, 8: 5, 9: 7}, 8: {0: 5, 1: 6, 2: 3, 3: 8, 4: 3, 5: 8, 6: 8, 7: 5, 8: None, 9: 6}, 9: {0: 4, 1: 6, 2: 7, 3: 4, 4: 9, 5: 7, 6: 9, 7: 9, 8: 6, 9: None}})

sage.graphs.distances_all_pairs.
distances_distribution
(G)¶ Return the distances distribution of the (di)graph in a dictionary.
This method ignores all edge labels, so that the distance considered is the topological distance.
OUTPUT:
A dictionaryd
such that the number of pairs of vertices at distancek
(if any) is equal to \(d[k] \cdot V(G) \cdot (V(G)1)\).Note
We consider that two vertices that do not belong to the same connected component are at infinite distance, and we do not take the trivial pairs of vertices \((v, v)\) at distance \(0\) into account. Empty (di)graphs and (di)graphs of order 1 have no paths and so we return the empty dictionary
{}
.EXAMPLES:
An empty Graph:
sage: g = Graph() sage: g.distances_distribution() {}
A Graph of order 1:
sage: g = Graph() sage: g.add_vertex(1) sage: g.distances_distribution() {}
A Graph of order 2 without edge:
sage: g = Graph() sage: g.add_vertices([1,2]) sage: g.distances_distribution() {+Infinity: 1}
The Petersen Graph:
sage: g = graphs.PetersenGraph() sage: g.distances_distribution() {1: 1/3, 2: 2/3}
A graph with multiple disconnected components:
sage: g = graphs.PetersenGraph() sage: g.add_edge('good','wine') sage: g.distances_distribution() {1: 8/33, 2: 5/11, +Infinity: 10/33}
The de Bruijn digraph dB(2,3):
sage: D = digraphs.DeBruijn(2,3) sage: D.distances_distribution() {1: 1/4, 2: 11/28, 3: 5/14}

sage.graphs.distances_all_pairs.
eccentricity
(G, algorithm='standard', vertex_list=None)¶ Return the vector of eccentricities in G.
The array returned is of length \(n\), and its \(i\)th component is the eccentricity of the ith vertex in
G.vertices()
.INPUT:
G
– a Graph or a DiGraph.algorithm
– string (default:'standard'
); name of the method used to compute the eccentricity of the vertices. Available algorithms are'standard'
which performs a BFS from each vertex and'bounds'
which uses the fast algorithm proposed in [TK2013] for undirected graphs.vertex_list
– list (default:None
); a list of \(n\) vertices specifying a mapping from \((0, \ldots, n1)\) to vertex labels in \(G\). When set,ecc[i]
is the eccentricity of vertexvertex_list[i]
. Whenvertex_list
isNone
,ecc[i]
is the eccentricity of vertexG.vertices()[i]
.
EXAMPLES:
sage: from sage.graphs.distances_all_pairs import eccentricity sage: g = graphs.PetersenGraph() sage: eccentricity(g) [2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2] sage: g.add_edge(0, g.add_vertex()) sage: V = list(g) sage: eccentricity(g, vertex_list=V) [2, 2, 3, 3, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3] sage: eccentricity(g, vertex_list=V[::1]) [3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 2, 2, 3, 3, 2, 2]

sage.graphs.distances_all_pairs.
floyd_warshall
(gg, paths=True, distances=False)¶ Compute the shortest path/distances between all pairs of vertices.
For more information on the FloydWarshall algorithm, see the Wikipedia article FloydWarshall_algorithm.
INPUT:
gg
– the graph on which to work.paths
– boolean (default:True
); whether to return the dictionary of shortest pathsdistances
– boolean (default:False
); whether to return the dictionary of distances
OUTPUT:
Depending on the input, this function return the dictionary of paths, the dictionary of distances, or a pair of dictionaries
(distances, paths)
wheredistance[u][v]
denotes the distance of a shortest path from \(u\) to \(v\) andpaths[u][v]
denotes an inneighbor \(w\) of \(v\) such that \(dist(u,v) = 1 + dist(u,w)\).Warning
Because this function works on matrices whose size is quadratic compared to the number of vertices, it uses short variables instead of long ones to divide by 2 the size in memory. This means that the current implementation does not run on a graph of more than 65536 nodes (this can be easily changed if necessary, but would require much more memory. It may be worth writing two versions). For information, the current version of the algorithm on a graph with \(65536 = 2^{16}\) nodes creates in memory \(2\) tables on \(2^{32}\) short elements (2bytes each), for a total of \(2^{34}\) bytes or \(16\) gigabytes. Let us also remember that if the memory size is quadratic, the algorithm runs in cubic time.
Note
When
paths = False
the algorithm saves roughly half of the memory as it does not have to maintain the matrix of predecessors. However, settingdistances=False
produces no such effect as the algorithm can not run without computing them. They will not be returned, but they will be stored while the method is running.EXAMPLES:
Shortest paths in a small grid
sage: g = graphs.Grid2dGraph(2,2) sage: from sage.graphs.distances_all_pairs import floyd_warshall sage: print(floyd_warshall(g)) # py2 {(0, 1): {(0, 1): None, (1, 0): (0, 0), (0, 0): (0, 1), (1, 1): (0, 1)}, (1, 0): {(0, 1): (0, 0), (1, 0): None, (0, 0): (1, 0), (1, 1): (1, 0)}, (0, 0): {(0, 1): (0, 0), (1, 0): (0, 0), (0, 0): None, (1, 1): (0, 1)}, (1, 1): {(0, 1): (1, 1), (1, 0): (1, 1), (0, 0): (0, 1), (1, 1): None}} sage: print(floyd_warshall(g)) # py3 {(0, 0): {(0, 0): None, (0, 1): (0, 0), (1, 0): (0, 0), (1, 1): (0, 1)}, (0, 1): {(0, 1): None, (0, 0): (0, 1), (1, 0): (0, 0), (1, 1): (0, 1)}, (1, 0): {(1, 0): None, (0, 0): (1, 0), (0, 1): (0, 0), (1, 1): (1, 0)}, (1, 1): {(1, 1): None, (0, 0): (0, 1), (0, 1): (1, 1), (1, 0): (1, 1)}}
Checking the distances are correct
sage: g = graphs.Grid2dGraph(5,5) sage: dist,path = floyd_warshall(g, distances=True) sage: all(dist[u][v] == g.distance(u, v) for u in g for v in g) True
Checking a random path is valid
sage: u,v = g.random_vertex(), g.random_vertex() sage: p = [v] sage: while p[0] is not None: ....: p.insert(0,path[u][p[0]]) sage: len(p) == dist[u][v] + 2 True
Distances for all pairs of vertices in a diamond:
sage: g = graphs.DiamondGraph() sage: floyd_warshall(g, paths=False, distances=True) {0: {0: 0, 1: 1, 2: 1, 3: 2}, 1: {0: 1, 1: 0, 2: 1, 3: 1}, 2: {0: 1, 1: 1, 2: 0, 3: 1}, 3: {0: 2, 1: 1, 2: 1, 3: 0}}

sage.graphs.distances_all_pairs.
is_distance_regular
(G, parameters=False)¶ Test if the graph is distanceregular
A graph \(G\) is distanceregular if for any integers \(j,k\) the value of \(\{x:d_G(x,u)=j,x\in V(G)\} \cap \{y:d_G(y,v)=j,y\in V(G)\}\) is constant for any two vertices \(u,v\in V(G)\) at distance \(i\) from each other. In particular \(G\) is regular, of degree \(b_0\) (see below), as one can take \(u=v\).
Equivalently a graph is distanceregular if there exist integers \(b_i,c_i\) such that for any two vertices \(u,v\) at distance \(i\) we have
 \(b_i = \{x:d_G(x,u)=i+1,x\in V(G)\}\cap N_G(v)\}, \ 0\leq i\leq d1\)
 \(c_i = \{x:d_G(x,u)=i1,x\in V(G)\}\cap N_G(v)\}, \ 1\leq i\leq d,\)
where \(d\) is the diameter of the graph. For more information on distanceregular graphs, see the Wikipedia article Distanceregular_graph.
INPUT:
parameters
– boolean (default:False
); if set toTrue
, the function returns the pair(b, c)
of lists of integers instead of a boolean answer (see the definition above)
See also
EXAMPLES:
sage: g = graphs.PetersenGraph() sage: g.is_distance_regular() True sage: g.is_distance_regular(parameters = True) ([3, 2, None], [None, 1, 1])
Cube graphs, which are not strongly regular, are a bit more interesting:
sage: graphs.CubeGraph(4).is_distance_regular() True sage: graphs.OddGraph(5).is_distance_regular() True
Disconnected graph:
sage: (2*graphs.CubeGraph(4)).is_distance_regular() True

sage.graphs.distances_all_pairs.
shortest_path_all_pairs
(G)¶ Return the matrix of predecessors in G.
The matrix \(P\) returned has size \(n^2\), and is such that vertex \(P[u,v]\) is a predecessor of \(v\) on a shortest \(uv\)path. Hence, this matrix efficiently encodes the information of a shortest \(uv\)path for any \(u,v\in G\) : indeed, to go from \(u\) to \(v\) you should first find a shortest \(uP[u,v]\)path, then jump from \(P[u,v]\) to \(v\) as it is one of its outneighbors.
EXAMPLES:
sage: from sage.graphs.distances_all_pairs import shortest_path_all_pairs sage: g = graphs.PetersenGraph() sage: shortest_path_all_pairs(g) {0: {0: None, 1: 0, 2: 1, 3: 4, 4: 0, 5: 0, 6: 1, 7: 5, 8: 5, 9: 4}, 1: {0: 1, 1: None, 2: 1, 3: 2, 4: 0, 5: 0, 6: 1, 7: 2, 8: 6, 9: 6}, 2: {0: 1, 1: 2, 2: None, 3: 2, 4: 3, 5: 7, 6: 1, 7: 2, 8: 3, 9: 7}, 3: {0: 4, 1: 2, 2: 3, 3: None, 4: 3, 5: 8, 6: 8, 7: 2, 8: 3, 9: 4}, 4: {0: 4, 1: 0, 2: 3, 3: 4, 4: None, 5: 0, 6: 9, 7: 9, 8: 3, 9: 4}, 5: {0: 5, 1: 0, 2: 7, 3: 8, 4: 0, 5: None, 6: 8, 7: 5, 8: 5, 9: 7}, 6: {0: 1, 1: 6, 2: 1, 3: 8, 4: 9, 5: 8, 6: None, 7: 9, 8: 6, 9: 6}, 7: {0: 5, 1: 2, 2: 7, 3: 2, 4: 9, 5: 7, 6: 9, 7: None, 8: 5, 9: 7}, 8: {0: 5, 1: 6, 2: 3, 3: 8, 4: 3, 5: 8, 6: 8, 7: 5, 8: None, 9: 6}, 9: {0: 4, 1: 6, 2: 7, 3: 4, 4: 9, 5: 7, 6: 9, 7: 9, 8: 6, 9: None}}

sage.graphs.distances_all_pairs.
wiener_index
(G)¶ Return the Wiener index of the graph.
The Wiener index of a graph \(G\) can be defined in two equivalent ways [KRG1996] :
 \(W(G) = \frac 1 2 \sum_{u,v\in G} d(u,v)\) where \(d(u,v)\) denotes the distance between vertices \(u\) and \(v\).
 Let \(\Omega\) be a set of \(\frac {n(n1)} 2\) paths in \(G\) such that \(\Omega\) contains exactly one shortest \(uv\) path for each set \(\{u,v\}\) of vertices in \(G\). Besides, \(\forall e\in E(G)\), let \(\Omega(e)\) denote the paths from \(\Omega\) containing \(e\). We then have \(W(G) = \sum_{e\in E(G)}\Omega(e)\).
EXAMPLES:
From [GYLL1993], cited in [KRG1996]:
sage: g=graphs.PathGraph(10) sage: w=lambda x: (x*(x*x 1)/6) sage: g.wiener_index()==w(10) True