# 8.5. An Adjacency ListΒΆ

A more space-efficient way to implement a sparsely connected graph is to
use an adjacency list. In an adjacency list implementation we keep a
master list of all the vertices in the Graph object and then each vertex
object in the graph maintains a list of the other vertices that it is
connected to. In our implementation of the `Vertex`

class we will use
a dictionary rather than a list where the dictionary keys are the
vertices, and the values are the weights. Figure 4
illustrates the adjacency list representation for the graph in
Figure 2.

The advantage of the adjacency list implementation is that it allows us to compactly represent a sparse graph. The adjacency list also allows us to easily find all the links that are directly connected to a particular vertex.