Merging edges - which label is kept?

Jul 26, 2013 at 11:16 PM
I could easily test for this, but you know, better things to do if someone already knows...

When merging multiple edges, which labels/layouts/etc does the output edge + edge weight retain?

For example, if one is merging Twitter mentions and the edge labels represents the tweets, which edge label is kept after merging? Which layout or other fields are kept?

Thanks in advance!
Jul 28, 2013 at 8:56 PM
When merging duplicate edges, NodeXL retains the first duplicate edge and deletes the other duplicates. By "first," I mean the edge nearest to the top of the Edges worksheet.

So if rows 4, 10 and 18 are duplicates, merging duplicate edges will delete rows 10 and 18.

In most cases, row 4 will be unchanged after the merge; that is, all cell values in row 4, including the Label you mentioned, will be the same after the merge as before. The only exception is if you check "Count duplicate edges..." in the Count and Merge Duplicate Edges dialog box, which will add an "Edge Weight" value to row 4 (and to all the other rows in the worksheet).

-- Tony