# Different ways to load an input graph

We recommend using the GML graph format to load a graph. You can also use the DOT format, which requires additional dependencies (either pydot or pygraphviz).

DoWhy supports both loading a graph as a string, or as a file (with the extensions ‘gml’ or ‘dot’).

Below is an example showing the different ways of loading the same graph.

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```
import os, sys
import random
sys.path.append(os.path.abspath("../../../"))
```

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```
import numpy as np
import pandas as pd
import dowhy
from dowhy import CausalModel
from IPython.display import Image, display
```

## I. Generating dummy data

We generate some dummy data for three variables: X, Y and Z.

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```
z=[i for i in range(10)]
random.shuffle(z)
df = pd.DataFrame(data = {'Z': z, 'X': range(0,10), 'Y': range(0,100,10)})
df
```

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Z | X | Y | |
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0 | 3 | 0 | 0 |

1 | 2 | 1 | 10 |

2 | 5 | 2 | 20 |

3 | 4 | 3 | 30 |

4 | 9 | 4 | 40 |

5 | 1 | 5 | 50 |

6 | 7 | 6 | 60 |

7 | 0 | 7 | 70 |

8 | 6 | 8 | 80 |

9 | 8 | 9 | 90 |

## II. Loading GML or DOT graphs

### GML format

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```
# With GML string
model=CausalModel(
data = df,
treatment='X',
outcome='Y',
graph="""graph[directed 1 node[id "Z" label "Z"]
node[id "X" label "X"]
node[id "Y" label "Y"]
edge[source "Z" target "X"]
edge[source "Z" target "Y"]
edge[source "X" target "Y"]]"""
)
model.view_model()
display(Image(filename="causal_model.png"))
```

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```
# With GML file
model=CausalModel(
data = df,
treatment='X',
outcome='Y',
graph="../example_graphs/simple_graph_example.gml"
)
model.view_model()
display(Image(filename="causal_model.png"))
```

### DOT format

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```
# With DOT string
model=CausalModel(
data = df,
treatment='X',
outcome='Y',
graph="digraph {Z -> X;Z -> Y;X -> Y;}"
)
model.view_model()
from IPython.display import Image, display
display(Image(filename="causal_model.png"))
```

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```
# With DOT file
model=CausalModel(
data = df,
treatment='X',
outcome='Y',
graph="../example_graphs/simple_graph_example.dot"
)
model.view_model()
display(Image(filename="causal_model.png"))
```