# Rips complex user manual¶

## Definition¶

Authors: Clément Maria, Pawel Dlotko, Vincent Rouvreau, Marc Glisse
Introduced in: GUDHI 2.0.0

The Rips complex is a simplicial complex that generalizes proximity ($$\varepsilon$$-ball) graphs to higher dimensions. The vertices correspond to the input points, and a simplex is present if and only if its diameter is smaller than some parameter α. Considering all parameters α defines a filtered simplicial complex, where the filtration value of a simplex is its diameter. The filtration can be restricted to values α smaller than some threshold, to reduce its size. Beware that some people define the Rips complex using a bound of 2α instead of α, particularly when comparing it to an ambient Čech complex. They end up with the same combinatorial object, but filtration values which are half of ours.

The input discrete metric space can be provided as a point cloud plus a distance function, or as a distance matrix.

When creating a simplicial complex from the graph, RipsComplex first builds the graph and inserts it into the data structure. It then expands the simplicial complex (adds the simplices corresponding to cliques) when required. The expansion can be stopped at dimension max_dimension, by default 1.

A vertex name corresponds to the index of the point in the given range (aka. the point cloud).

Rips-complex one skeleton graph representation

On this example, as edges (4,5), (4,6) and (5,6) are in the complex, simplex (4,5,6) is added with the filtration value set with $$max(filtration(4,5), filtration(4,6), filtration(5,6))$$. And so on for simplex (0,1,2,3).

If the RipsComplex interfaces are not detailed enough for your need, please refer to rips_persistence_step_by_step.cpp C++ example, where the graph construction over the Simplex_tree is more detailed.

A Rips complex can easily become huge, even if we limit the length of the edges and the dimension of the simplices. One easy trick, before building a Rips complex on a point cloud, is to call sparsify_point_set which removes points that are too close to each other. This does not change its persistence diagram by more than the length used to define “too close”.

A more general technique is to use a sparse approximation of the Rips introduced by Don Sheehy [16]. We are using the version described in [17] (except that we multiply all filtration values by 2, to match the usual Rips complex). [18] proves a $$\frac{1}{1-\varepsilon}$$-interleaving, although in practice the error is usually smaller. A more intuitive presentation of the idea is available in [18], and in a video [19]. Passing an extra argument sparse=0.3 at the construction of a RipsComplex object asks it to build a sparse Rips with parameter $$\varepsilon=0.3$$, while the default sparse=None builds the regular Rips complex.

## Point cloud¶

### Example from a point cloud¶

This example builds the neighborhood graph from the given points, up to max_edge_length. Then it creates a Simplex_tree with it.

import gudhi
rips_complex = gudhi.RipsComplex(points=[[1, 1], [7, 0], [4, 6], [9, 6], [0, 14], [2, 19], [9, 17]],
max_edge_length=12.0)

simplex_tree = rips_complex.create_simplex_tree(max_dimension=1)
result_str = 'Rips complex is of dimension ' + repr(simplex_tree.dimension()) + ' - ' + \
repr(simplex_tree.num_simplices()) + ' simplices - ' + \
repr(simplex_tree.num_vertices()) + ' vertices.'
print(result_str)
fmt = '%s -> %.2f'
for filtered_value in simplex_tree.get_filtration():
print(fmt % tuple(filtered_value))


When launching (Rips maximal distance between 2 points is 12.0, is expanded until dimension 1 - one skeleton graph in other words), the output is:

Rips complex is of dimension 1 - 18 simplices - 7 vertices.
[0] -> 0.00
[1] -> 0.00
[2] -> 0.00
[3] -> 0.00
[4] -> 0.00
[5] -> 0.00
[6] -> 0.00
[2, 3] -> 5.00
[4, 5] -> 5.39
[0, 2] -> 5.83
[0, 1] -> 6.08
[1, 3] -> 6.32
[1, 2] -> 6.71
[5, 6] -> 7.28
[2, 4] -> 8.94
[0, 3] -> 9.43
[4, 6] -> 9.49
[3, 6] -> 11.00


Notice that if we use

rips_complex = gudhi.RipsComplex(points=[[1, 1], [7, 0], [4, 6], [9, 6], [0, 14], [2, 19], [9, 17]],
max_edge_length=12.0, sparse=2)


asking for a very sparse version (theory only gives some guarantee on the meaning of the output if sparse<1), 2 to 5 edges disappear, depending on the random vertex used to start the sparsification.

### Example from OFF file¶

This example builds the RipsComplex from the given points in an OFF file, and max_edge_length value. Then it creates a Simplex_tree with it.

import gudhi
rips_complex = gudhi.RipsComplex(points=point_cloud, max_edge_length=12.0)
simplex_tree = rips_complex.create_simplex_tree(max_dimension=1)
result_str = 'Rips complex is of dimension ' + repr(simplex_tree.dimension()) + ' - ' + \
repr(simplex_tree.num_simplices()) + ' simplices - ' + \
repr(simplex_tree.num_vertices()) + ' vertices.'
print(result_str)
fmt = '%s -> %.2f'
for filtered_value in simplex_tree.get_filtration():
print(fmt % tuple(filtered_value))


the program output is:

Rips complex is of dimension 1 - 18 simplices - 7 vertices.
[0] -> 0.00
[1] -> 0.00
[2] -> 0.00
[3] -> 0.00
[4] -> 0.00
[5] -> 0.00
[6] -> 0.00
[2, 3] -> 5.00
[4, 5] -> 5.39
[0, 2] -> 5.83
[0, 1] -> 6.08
[1, 3] -> 6.32
[1, 2] -> 6.71
[5, 6] -> 7.28
[2, 4] -> 8.94
[0, 3] -> 9.43
[4, 6] -> 9.49
[3, 6] -> 11.00


## Distance matrix¶

### Example from a distance matrix¶

This example builds the one skeleton graph from the given distance matrix, and max_edge_length value. Then it creates a Simplex_tree with it.

import gudhi
rips_complex = gudhi.RipsComplex(distance_matrix=[[],
[6.0827625303],
[5.8309518948, 6.7082039325],
[9.4339811321, 6.3245553203, 5],
[13.0384048104, 15.6524758425, 8.94427191, 12.0415945788],
[18.0277563773, 19.6468827044, 13.152946438, 14.7648230602, 5.3851648071],
[17.88854382, 17.1172427686, 12.0830459736, 11, 9.4868329805, 7.2801098893]],
max_edge_length=12.0)

simplex_tree = rips_complex.create_simplex_tree(max_dimension=1)
result_str = 'Rips complex is of dimension ' + repr(simplex_tree.dimension()) + ' - ' + \
repr(simplex_tree.num_simplices()) + ' simplices - ' + \
repr(simplex_tree.num_vertices()) + ' vertices.'
print(result_str)
fmt = '%s -> %.2f'
for filtered_value in simplex_tree.get_filtration():
print(fmt % tuple(filtered_value))


When launching (Rips maximal distance between 2 points is 12.0, is expanded until dimension 1 - one skeleton graph in other words), the output is:

Rips complex is of dimension 1 - 18 simplices - 7 vertices.
[0] -> 0.00
[1] -> 0.00
[2] -> 0.00
[3] -> 0.00
[4] -> 0.00
[5] -> 0.00
[6] -> 0.00
[2, 3] -> 5.00
[4, 5] -> 5.39
[0, 2] -> 5.83
[0, 1] -> 6.08
[1, 3] -> 6.32
[1, 2] -> 6.71
[5, 6] -> 7.28
[2, 4] -> 8.94
[0, 3] -> 9.43
[4, 6] -> 9.49
[3, 6] -> 11.00


### Example from csv file¶

This example builds the RipsComplex from the given distance matrix in a csv file, and max_edge_length value. Then it creates a Simplex_tree with it.

import gudhi
'/data/distance_matrix/full_square_distance_matrix.csv')
rips_complex = gudhi.RipsComplex(distance_matrix=distance_matrix, max_edge_length=12.0)
simplex_tree = rips_complex.create_simplex_tree(max_dimension=1)
result_str = 'Rips complex is of dimension ' + repr(simplex_tree.dimension()) + ' - ' + \
repr(simplex_tree.num_simplices()) + ' simplices - ' + \
repr(simplex_tree.num_vertices()) + ' vertices.'
print(result_str)
fmt = '%s -> %.2f'
for filtered_value in simplex_tree.get_filtration():
print(fmt % tuple(filtered_value))


the program output is:

Rips complex is of dimension 1 - 18 simplices - 7 vertices.
[0] -> 0.00
[1] -> 0.00
[2] -> 0.00
[3] -> 0.00
[4] -> 0.00
[5] -> 0.00
[6] -> 0.00
[2, 3] -> 5.00
[4, 5] -> 5.39
[0, 2] -> 5.83
[0, 1] -> 6.08
[1, 3] -> 6.32
[1, 2] -> 6.71
[5, 6] -> 7.28
[2, 4] -> 8.94
[0, 3] -> 9.43
[4, 6] -> 9.49
[3, 6] -> 11.00


## Correlation matrix¶

### Example from a correlation matrix¶

Analogously to the case of distance matrix, Rips complexes can be also constructed based on correlation matrix. Given a correlation matrix M, comportment-wise 1-M is a distance matrix. This example builds the one skeleton graph from the given corelation matrix and threshold value. Then it creates a Simplex_tree with it.

import gudhi
import numpy as np

# User defined correlation matrix is:
# |1     0.06    0.23    0.01    0.89|
# |0.06  1       0.74    0.01    0.61|
# |0.23  0.74    1       0.72    0.03|
# |0.01  0.01    0.72    1       0.7 |
# |0.89  0.61    0.03    0.7     1   |
correlation_matrix=np.array([[1., 0.06, 0.23, 0.01, 0.89],
[0.06, 1., 0.74, 0.01, 0.61],
[0.23, 0.74, 1., 0.72, 0.03],
[0.01, 0.01, 0.72, 1., 0.7],
[0.89, 0.61, 0.03, 0.7, 1.]], float)

distance_matrix = np.ones((correlation_matrix.shape),float) - correlation_matrix
rips_complex = gudhi.RipsComplex(distance_matrix=distance_matrix, max_edge_length=1.0)

simplex_tree = rips_complex.create_simplex_tree(max_dimension=1)
result_str = 'Rips complex is of dimension ' + repr(simplex_tree.dimension()) + ' - ' + \
repr(simplex_tree.num_simplices()) + ' simplices - ' + \
repr(simplex_tree.num_vertices()) + ' vertices.'
print(result_str)
fmt = '%s -> %.2f'
for filtered_value in simplex_tree.get_filtration():
print(fmt % tuple(filtered_value))


When launching (Rips maximal distance between 2 points is 12.0, is expanded until dimension 1 - one skeleton graph in other words), the output is:

Rips complex is of dimension 1 - 15 simplices - 5 vertices.
[0] -> 0.00
[1] -> 0.00
[2] -> 0.00
[3] -> 0.00
[4] -> 0.00
[0, 4] -> 0.11
[1, 2] -> 0.26
[2, 3] -> 0.28
[3, 4] -> 0.30
[1, 4] -> 0.39
[0, 2] -> 0.77
[0, 1] -> 0.94
[2, 4] -> 0.97
[0, 3] -> 0.99
[1, 3] -> 0.99


Note

As persistence diagrams points will be under the diagonal, bottleneck distance and persistence graphical tool will not work properly, this is a known issue.