multinets: Multilevel Network Analysis

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multinets is an R package that provides tools to visualize and analyze Multilevel Network Data. It was built as an extension to the igraph package.


The multinets package is on CRAN. It is developed under control version using Git and is hosted in GitHub. You can download it from CRAN using:


You can download the development version from GitHub using devtools:

# install.packages("devtools")


As a basic example, we will plot a multilevel network. We are going to use linked_sim, a simulated multilevel network dataset.

#> Attaching package: 'igraph'
#> The following objects are masked from 'package:stats':
#>     decompose, spectrum
#> The following object is masked from 'package:base':
#>     union
#> multinets was developed by Neylson Crepalde as an extension to 'igraph'

# Load the dataset

# Test if the data is a multilevel network
#> [1] TRUE

# Set the layout coordinates
l <- layout_multilevel(linked_sim, layout = layout_with_kk)

# Set different colors and shapes for each level vertices
linked_sim <- set_color_multilevel(linked_sim)
linked_sim <- set_shape_multilevel(linked_sim)

# Plot
plot(linked_sim, layout = l, vertex.size = 5, vertex.label = NA)