I'd like to draw a circular (complete) graph, where the nodes are themselves graphs. I'm basically trying to draw a model of a minor for a certain graph, in a circular way, so that the subgraphs at each node are also circular.

If someone could point me to some code that draws a complete graph, where the nodes themselves are complete graphs, that would be perfect.

  • There are pics, which are made for this. Alternatively you may use the path picture option of nodes. You may also store the smaller graphs in \saveboxes and use them in the bigger graph. Do yo have examples for the graphs?
    – user194703
    Oct 9, 2019 at 3:45

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Welcome! This is an example of a graph in which the nodes are again graphs.

\usetikzlibrary{graphs, graphs.standard} 
\sbox\SmallGraph{\begin{tikzpicture}[scale=0.8,transform shape]
  \graph { a -> {b, c} -> d };

\graph[nodes={draw, circle}, clockwise, radius=.5cm,typeset=\usebox\SmallGraph, n=5] {
subgraph I_n [name=inner,radius=3cm] --[complete bipartite]
subgraph I_n [name=outer,radius=6cm] };

enter image description here

  • Thank you! This is really helpful
    – flurb
    Oct 10, 2019 at 3:45

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