The construction of the valued graph matrix (L-matrix) follows the following procedure:
- The distances in the network are transcribed in matrix L1 (direct connectivity distance) for each pair directly connected. An infinite value is given for pairs not directly connected.
- Calculation of the Nth order L matrix. The operation is similar to the creation of the Shimbel Matrix. What differs in this case is that we are not working with the minimum number of paths, but with the minimal distance, which could give different results. The shortest path between node A and B is obviously the A-B link. However, there is also a A-C-B link, which summation of distances could be smaller (actually it is not). The calculation of the L2 matrix requires the cross-summation of the L1 matrix where each cell in a column is added with each cell in a row. The B-A cell on matrix L2 is thus calculated by the cross summation of column B and row A. Only the smallest value of the five operations is kept, which is 10 in this case. Since the above network has a diameter of 2, only two steps are necessary and the L2 matrix becomes the L-Matrix. The summation of each row on the L2 matrix represents the minimal distance required to reach all the other nodes in the network. For node B, it is 43.