Command-line interface

Graphbrain provides a command-line interface that can be used to execute a variety of tasks. You can access it either by using python to run the graphbrain root module as a script:

python -m graphbrain ...

or using the provided command:

graphbrain ...

All cases below work with both.

Here’s an overview of the interface:

usage: graphbrain [-h] [--agent AGENT] [--corefs] [--fields FIELDS] [--hg HG]
                  [--indir INDIR] [--infile INFILE] [--lang LANG]
                  [--outdir OUTDIR] [--outfile OUTFILE] [--parser PARSER]
                  [--pattern PATTERN] [--sequence SEQUENCE]
                  [--show_namespaces] [--system SYSTEM] [--text TEXT]
                  [--training_data TRAINING_DATA] [--url URL]

positional arguments:
  command               command to execute

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --agent AGENT         agent name
  --corefs              perform coreference resolution
  --fields FIELDS       field names
  --hg HG               hypergraph db
  --indir INDIR         input directory
  --infile INFILE       input file
  --lang LANG           language
  --outdir OUTDIR       output directory
  --outfile OUTFILE     output file
  --parser PARSER       parser
  --pattern PATTERN     edge pattern
  --sequence SEQUENCE   sequence name
  --show_namespaces     show namespaces
  --system SYSTEM       agent system file
  --text TEXT           text identifier
  --training_data TRAINING_DATA
                        training data for ML tasks
  --url URL             url

The only obligatory argument, command, is used to specify the task to perform. Each command uses a subset of the optional arguments. Presented below are the details for each command.



Creates an empty hypergraph database:

graphbrain --hg <hypergraph_database> create


Exports a hypergraph database to a JSON file:

graphbrain --hg <hypergraph_database> --outfile <json_file> export


Imports a hypergraph database from a JSON file:

graphbrain --hg <hypergraph_database> --infile <json_file> import


Run a knowledge agent:

graphbrain --hg <hypergraph_database> --agent <agent name> run

A knowledge agent is a program that manipulates an hypergraph in some way. It can be introspective, working only on the current contents of the hypergraph to derive new knowledge. For example, the taxonomy agent infers simple taxonomies from concepts. It can infer that ‘black cat’ is a type of ‘cat’ or that ‘city of Berlin’ is a type of ‘city’. You can run it like this:

graphbrain --hg <hypergraph_database> --agent taxonomy run

It produces new hyperedges such as:

(type_of/P/. city/C (of/B city/C berlin/C))

Certain agents use outside sources to introduce knowledge into hypergraphs. For example, the txt_parser agent receives as input a simple text file and converters each sentence that it detects in it into an hyperedge. You can run it like this:

graphbrain --infile some_test_file.txt --hg <hypergraph_database> --agent txt_parser run

You can find the full list of agents that are distributed with Graphbrain here: