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Counting motifs

In this use case, we will count the number of motifs in a food web. Specifically, we will count how many times there is a linear food chain (A→B→C) between three species.

using EcologicalNetwork

# Load a network
N = stony();

# List of motifs
m = unipartitemotifs();

The m object has 13 different motifs, named as in Stouffer et al. (2007). The function unipartitemotifs will generate them when needed.

The function to count motifs is called motif, and returns a count: how many triplets of species are in a given conformation. For example:

s1 = motif(N, m[:S1])
1035.0

We may be interested in knowing whether this motif is over or under-represented in the empirical network, compared to a random expectation. To determine this, we will shuffle interactions around in a way that preserves the number of interactionsand the degree distribution of all species, using swaps. We will create 100 replicated networks to test.

permutations = swaps(N, 100, constraint=:degree)

ms1 = map(x -> motif(x, m[:S1]), permutations)
100-element Array{Float64,1}:
 574.0
 599.0
 596.0
 568.0
 596.0
 566.0
 523.0
 608.0
 546.0
 652.0
   ⋮
 571.0
 706.0
 597.0
 536.0
 653.0
 578.0
 582.0
 536.0
 587.0