Section 7.23 Summary
In this chapter we have looked at the graph abstract data type and some implementations of a graph. A graph enables us to solve many problems— provided we can transform the original problem into something that can be represented by a graph. In particular, we have seen that graphs are useful to solve problems in the following general areas:
- Breadth-first search for finding the unweighted shortest path.
- Dijkstra’s algorithm for the weighted shortest path.
- Depth-first search for graph exploration.
- Strongly connected components for simplifying a graph.
- Topological sort for ordering tasks.
- Minimum weight spanning trees for broadcasting messages.
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