# Graph (Network - Nodes and edges)

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### Table of Contents

## 1 - About

A graph is a set of vertices connected by edges. See Graph - (Property Graph) Model

Data representation that naturally captures complex relationships is a graph (or network).

Except of the special graph that a tree is, the data structure of a graph is non-hierarchical.

Points are called nodes, links are called edges. A link can only connect two nodes (only binary relationship ?)

Each edge has two endpoints, the nodes it connects. The endpoints of an edge are neighbors.

See also: (Graph|Network) - Database

## 2 - Articles Related

## 3 - Application

Are mostly graphs:

- Code (ie Language - (Abstract) Syntax Tree (AST)),
- Social Interaction
- a workflow editor,
- an organisational chart,
- a business process modelling tool (a UML tool)
- an electronic circuit diagrammer,
- network/telecoms visualisation

## 4 - Type

- Graph - Acyclic - graphs that do/don't allow self-loops.
- graphs whose nodes/edges are insertion-ordered, sorted, or unordered

## 5 - Example

### 5.1 - Map

### 5.2 - Directed Graph

## 6 - Dominating set

A dominating set in a graph is a set S of nodes such that every node is in S or a neighbor of a node in S.

Neither algorithm is guaranteed to find the smallest solution.

### 6.1 - Grow Algorithm

initialize S = 0; while S is not a dominating set, add a node to S.

### 6.2 - Shrink Algorithm

initialize S = all nodes while there is a node x such that S −{x} is a dominating set, remove x from S

## 7 - Path

### 7.1 - Definition

### 7.2 - Cycle

A x-to-x path is called a cycle

### 7.3 - Spanning

A set S of edges is spanning for a graph G if, for every edge {x, y} of G, there is an x-to-y path consisting of edges of S.

### 7.4 - Forest

A set of edges of G is a forest if the set includes no cycles.

## 8 - Problem

### 8.1 - Minimum spanning forest

Definition:

- input: a graph G, and an assignment of real-number weights to the edges of G.
- output: a minimum-weight set S of edges that is spanning and a Tree - Forest (Set of Tree).

Application: Design hot-water delivery network for the university campus:

- Network must achieve same connectivity as input graph.
- An edge represents a possible pipe.
- Weight of edge is cost of installing the pipe.
- Goal: minimize total cost.

#### 8.1.1 - Grow

def Grow(G) S := 0; consider the edges in increasing order # Increasing order: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. for each edge e: if e’s endpoints are not yet connected add e to S.

#### 8.1.2 - Shrink

def Shrink(G) S = {all edges} consider the edges in order, from highest-weight to lowest-weight # Decreasing order: 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. for each edge e: if every pair of nodes are connected via S -{e}: remove e from S.