pymfinder: a tool for the motif analysis of binary and quantitative complex networks.

Bernat Bramon Mora, Alyssa Ray Cirtwill, Daniel Stouffer

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We developed pymfinder, a new software to analyze multiple aspects of the so-called network motifs—distinct n-node patterns of interaction—for any directed, undirected, unipartite or bipartite network. Unlike existing software for the study of network motifs, pymfinder allows the computation of node- and link-specific motif profiles as well as the analysis of weighted motifs. Beyond the overall characterization of networks, the tools presented in this work therefore allow for the comparison of the “roles” of either nodes or links of a network. Examples include the study of the roles of different species and/or their trophic/mutualistic interactions in ecological networks or the roles of specific proteins and/or their activation/inhibition relationships in protein-protein interaction networks. Here, we show how to apply the main tools from pymfinder using a predator-prey interaction network from a marine food web. pymfinder is open source software that can be freely and anonymously downloaded from, distributed under the MIT License (2018).
Original languageEnglish
Article number364703
Number of pages17
Publication statusIn preparation - 7 Jul 2018
MoE publication typeB1 Journal article

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