# Katz centrality

Katz centrality is a measure of centrality that doesn’t consider only the shortest path. It considers the total number of walks in a graph. A walk in a graph is a sequence of edges which joins a sequence of nodes. (e.g 1→2→3→4→2→1→3). Katz centrality computes the relative influence of a node within a graph by measuring the number of the immediate neighbors and all other nodes in the graph.

## Usage in NetworkX​

``katz_centrality(G, alpha=0.1, beta=1.0, max_iter=1000, tol=1e-06, nstart=None, normalized=True, weight=None)[source]``

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### Example​

First save locally `graph.gexf` to run the below example.

``import networkx as nximport matplotlib.pyplot as pltG = nx.read_gexf("graph.gexf")centrality = nx.katz_centrality(G)colors = list(centrality.values())nx.draw_networkx(    G,    nx.spring_layout(G),    node_size=50,    node_color=colors,    edge_color="g",    with_labels=False,)plt.axis("off")plt.show()``

## Where to next?​

There are many graph algorithms libraries out there, with their own implementations of Katz centrality algorithm. NetworkX's algorithms are written in Python, and there are many other libraries that offer faster C++ implementations, such as MAGE, a graph algorithms library developed by Memgraph team.