Module: graph
¶

Find the shortest path through an nd array from one side to another. 

Simple example of how to use the MCP and MCP_Geometric classes. 

A class for finding the minimum cost path through a given nd costs array. 

Find distanceweighted minimum cost paths through an nd costs array. 

Connect source points using the distanceweighted minimum cost function. 

Find minimum cost paths through an Nd costs array. 
shortest_path¶

skimage.graph.
shortest_path
(arr, reach=1, axis=1, output_indexlist=False)[source]¶ Find the shortest path through an nd array from one side to another.
 Parameters
arr : ndarray of float64
reach : int, optional
By default (
reach = 1
), the shortest path can only move one row up or down for every step it moves forward (i.e., the path gradient is limited to 1). reach defines the number of elements that can be skipped along each nonaxis dimension at each step.axis : int, optional
The axis along which the path must always move forward (default 1)
output_indexlist: bool, optional
See return value p for explanation.
 Returns
p : iterable of int
For each step along axis, the coordinate of the shortest path. If output_indexlist is True, then the path is returned as a list of nd tuples that index into arr. If False, then the path is returned as an array listing the coordinates of the path along the nonaxis dimensions for each step along the axis dimension. That is, p.shape == (arr.shape[axis], arr.ndim1) except that p is squeezed before returning so if arr.ndim == 2, then p.shape == (arr.shape[axis],)
cost : float
Cost of path. This is the absolute sum of all the differences along the path.
route_through_array¶

skimage.graph.
route_through_array
(array, start, end, fully_connected=True, geometric=True)[source]¶ Simple example of how to use the MCP and MCP_Geometric classes.
See the MCP and MCP_Geometric class documentation for explanation of the pathfinding algorithm.
 Parameters
array : ndarray
Array of costs.
start : iterable
nd index into array defining the starting point
end : iterable
nd index into array defining the end point
fully_connected : bool (optional)
If True, diagonal moves are permitted, if False, only axial moves.
geometric : bool (optional)
If True, the MCP_Geometric class is used to calculate costs, if False, the MCP base class is used. See the class documentation for an explanation of the differences between MCP and MCP_Geometric.
 Returns
path : list
List of nd index tuples defining the path from start to end.
cost : float
Cost of the path. If geometric is False, the cost of the path is the sum of the values of array along the path. If geometric is True, a finer computation is made (see the documentation of the MCP_Geometric class).
See also
Examples
>>> import numpy as np >>> from skimage.graph import route_through_array >>> >>> image = np.array([[1, 3], [10, 12]]) >>> image array([[ 1, 3], [10, 12]]) >>> # Forbid diagonal steps >>> route_through_array(image, [0, 0], [1, 1], fully_connected=False) ([(0, 0), (0, 1), (1, 1)], 9.5) >>> # Now allow diagonal steps: the path goes directly from start to end >>> route_through_array(image, [0, 0], [1, 1]) ([(0, 0), (1, 1)], 9.1923881554251192) >>> # Cost is the sum of array values along the path (16 = 1 + 3 + 12) >>> route_through_array(image, [0, 0], [1, 1], fully_connected=False, ... geometric=False) ([(0, 0), (0, 1), (1, 1)], 16.0) >>> # Larger array where we display the path that is selected >>> image = np.arange((36)).reshape((6, 6)) >>> image array([[ 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5], [ 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11], [12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17], [18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23], [24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29], [30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35]]) >>> # Find the path with lowest cost >>> indices, weight = route_through_array(image, (0, 0), (5, 5)) >>> indices = np.array(indices).T >>> path = np.zeros_like(image) >>> path[indices[0], indices[1]] = 1 >>> path array([[1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0], [0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1], [0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1], [0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1], [0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1], [0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1]])
MCP
¶

class
skimage.graph.
MCP
(costs, offsets=None, fully_connected=True, sampling=None)¶ Bases:
object
A class for finding the minimum cost path through a given nd costs array.
Given an nd costs array, this class can be used to find the minimumcost path through that array from any set of points to any other set of points. Basic usage is to initialize the class and call find_costs() with a one or more starting indices (and an optional list of end indices). After that, call traceback() one or more times to find the path from any given endposition to the closest starting index. New paths through the same costs array can be found by calling find_costs() repeatedly.
The cost of a path is calculated simply as the sum of the values of the costs array at each point on the path. The class MCP_Geometric, on the other hand, accounts for the fact that diagonal vs. axial moves are of different lengths, and weights the path cost accordingly.
Array elements with infinite or negative costs will simply be ignored, as will paths whose cumulative cost overflows to infinite.
 Parameters
costs : ndarray
offsets : iterable, optional
A list of offset tuples: each offset specifies a valid move from a given nd position. If not provided, offsets corresponding to a singly or fullyconnected nd neighborhood will be constructed with make_offsets(), using the fully_connected parameter value.
fully_connected : bool, optional
If no offsets are provided, this determines the connectivity of the generated neighborhood. If true, the path may go along diagonals between elements of the costs array; otherwise only axial moves are permitted.
sampling : tuple, optional
For each dimension, specifies the distance between two cells/voxels. If not given or None, the distance is assumed unit.
Attributes
offsets
(ndarray) Equivalent to the offsets provided to the constructor, or if none were so provided, the offsets created for the requested nd neighborhood. These are useful for interpreting the traceback array returned by the find_costs() method.

__init__
(costs, offsets=None, fully_connected=True, sampling=None)¶ See class documentation.

find_costs
()¶ Find the minimumcost path from the given starting points.
This method finds the minimumcost path to the specified ending indices from any one of the specified starting indices. If no end positions are given, then the minimumcost path to every position in the costs array will be found.
 Parameters
starts : iterable
A list of nd starting indices (where n is the dimension of the costs array). The minimum cost path to the closest/cheapest starting point will be found.
ends : iterable, optional
A list of nd ending indices.
find_all_ends : bool, optional
If ‘True’ (default), the minimumcostpath to every specified endposition will be found; otherwise the algorithm will stop when a a path is found to any endposition. (If no ends were specified, then this parameter has no effect.)
 Returns
cumulative_costs : ndarray
Same shape as the costs array; this array records the minimum cost path from the nearest/cheapest starting index to each index considered. (If ends were specified, not all elements in the array will necessarily be considered: positions not evaluated will have a cumulative cost of inf. If find_all_ends is ‘False’, only one of the specified endpositions will have a finite cumulative cost.)
traceback : ndarray
Same shape as the costs array; this array contains the offset to any given index from its predecessor index. The offset indices index into the offsets attribute, which is a array of nd offsets. In the 2d case, if offsets[traceback[x, y]] is (1, 1), that means that the predecessor of [x, y] in the minimum cost path to some start position is [x+1, y+1]. Note that if the offset_index is 1, then the given index was not considered.

goal_reached
()¶ int goal_reached(int index, float cumcost) This method is called each iteration after popping an index from the heap, before examining the neighbours.
This method can be overloaded to modify the behavior of the MCP algorithm. An example might be to stop the algorithm when a certain cumulative cost is reached, or when the front is a certain distance away from the seed point.
This method should return 1 if the algorithm should not check the current point’s neighbours and 2 if the algorithm is now done.

traceback
(end)¶ Trace a minimum cost path through the precalculated traceback array.
This convenience function reconstructs the the minimum cost path to a given end position from one of the starting indices provided to find_costs(), which must have been called previously. This function can be called as many times as desired after find_costs() has been run.
 Parameters
end : iterable
An nd index into the costs array.
 Returns
traceback : list of nd tuples
A list of indices into the costs array, starting with one of the start positions passed to find_costs(), and ending with the given end index. These indices specify the minimumcost path from any given start index to the end index. (The total cost of that path can be read out from the cumulative_costs array returned by find_costs().)
MCP_Geometric
¶

class
skimage.graph.
MCP_Geometric
(costs, offsets=None, fully_connected=True)¶ Bases:
skimage.graph._mcp.MCP
Find distanceweighted minimum cost paths through an nd costs array.
See the documentation for MCP for full details. This class differs from MCP in that the cost of a path is not simply the sum of the costs along that path.
This class instead assumes that the costs array contains at each position the “cost” of a unit distance of travel through that position. For example, a move (in 2d) from (1, 1) to (1, 2) is assumed to originate in the center of the pixel (1, 1) and terminate in the center of (1, 2). The entire move is of distance 1, half through (1, 1) and half through (1, 2); thus the cost of that move is (1/2)*costs[1,1] + (1/2)*costs[1,2].
On the other hand, a move from (1, 1) to (2, 2) is along the diagonal and is sqrt(2) in length. Half of this move is within the pixel (1, 1) and the other half in (2, 2), so the cost of this move is calculated as (sqrt(2)/2)*costs[1,1] + (sqrt(2)/2)*costs[2,2].
These calculations don’t make a lot of sense with offsets of magnitude greater than 1. Use the sampling argument in order to deal with anisotropic data.

__init__
(costs, offsets=None, fully_connected=True, sampling=None)¶ See class documentation.

MCP_Connect
¶

class
skimage.graph.
MCP_Connect
(costs, offsets=None, fully_connected=True)¶ Bases:
skimage.graph._mcp.MCP
Connect source points using the distanceweighted minimum cost function.
A front is grown from each seed point simultaneously, while the origin of the front is tracked as well. When two fronts meet, create_connection() is called. This method must be overloaded to deal with the found edges in a way that is appropriate for the application.

__init__
($self, /, *args, **kwargs)¶ Initialize self. See help(type(self)) for accurate signature.

create_connection
()¶ create_connection id1, id2, pos1, pos2, cost1, cost2)
Overload this method to keep track of the connections that are found during MCP processing. Note that a connection with the same ids can be found multiple times (but with different positions and costs).
At the time that this method is called, both points are “frozen” and will not be visited again by the MCP algorithm.
 Parameters
id1 : int
The seed point id where the first neighbor originated from.
id2 : int
The seed point id where the second neighbor originated from.
pos1 : tuple
The index of of the first neighbour in the connection.
pos2 : tuple
The index of of the second neighbour in the connection.
cost1 : float
The cumulative cost at pos1.
cost2 : float
The cumulative costs at pos2.

MCP_Flexible
¶

class
skimage.graph.
MCP_Flexible
(costs, offsets=None, fully_connected=True)¶ Bases:
skimage.graph._mcp.MCP
Find minimum cost paths through an Nd costs array.
See the documentation for MCP for full details. This class differs from MCP in that several methods can be overloaded (from pure Python) to modify the behavior of the algorithm and/or create custom algorithms based on MCP. Note that goal_reached can also be overloaded in the MCP class.

__init__
(costs, offsets=None, fully_connected=True, sampling=None)¶ See class documentation.

examine_neighbor
(index, new_index, offset_length)¶ This method is called once for every pair of neighboring nodes, as soon as both nodes are frozen.
This method can be overloaded to obtain information about neightboring nodes, and/or to modify the behavior of the MCP algorithm. One example is the MCP_Connect class, which checks for meeting fronts using this hook.

travel_cost
(old_cost, new_cost, offset_length)¶ This method calculates the travel cost for going from the current node to the next. The default implementation returns new_cost. Overload this method to adapt the behaviour of the algorithm.

update_node
(index, new_index, offset_length)¶ This method is called when a node is updated, right after new_index is pushed onto the heap and the traceback map is updated.
This method can be overloaded to keep track of other arrays that are used by a specific implementation of the algorithm. For instance the MCP_Connect class uses it to update an id map.
