RFC : Nested Networks

Editor(s): Mike Smoot

Date: Jan 25, 2010

Status: pending review


Add two methods to the CyNode object allowing nodes to hold a reference to another network.


The Network Panel provides a simple hierarchical list of networks created in Cytoscape. A hierarchy, however, is not sufficient to capture all of the relationships found between networks. Generalizing a hierarchy, it becomes clear that the relationships between networks form networks themselves. The nested network capability allows networks to be represented in Cytoscape as nodes and therefore included in networks themselves. This structure allows us to capture any relationship between networks that can be described by a network.

This approach is closely related to the concept of a hypernode.

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Project Management

Project Timeline

Finished December 16, 2009.

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RFC_Nested_Networks (last edited 2010-02-08 17:11:37 by alsace)

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