By W.D. Wallis

Concisely written, light advent to graph idea appropriate as a textbook or for self-study

Graph-theoretic purposes from different fields (computer technology, engineering, chemistry, administration science)

2nd ed. comprises new chapters on labeling and communications networks and small worlds, in addition to accelerated beginner's material

Many extra alterations, advancements, and corrections because of lecture room use

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If z is also on C, the required cycle is constructed from the edge y z together with a y-z path that is part of C. Otherwise, select a z-x path that does not contain y (this must be possible since y is not a cutpoint). Let a be the point of P nc that is nearest to z. Then a cycle is formedas follows: take edge yz, followed by the z-a section of P, and the a-y path of C that includes x. 3 (iv) => (i) Suppose x is a cutpoint in G, and p is an edge containing x. From (iv), p lies in a cycle, so x is on a cycle.

We shall say h has predecessor d (e could also be used, but d is earüer in alphabetical order). d and e are now eliminated. The nearest vertex to f is i; w(f, i) 4 so i(f) + w(f, i) = 15. The nearest vertex to g is j; w(g, j) = 6 so l(g) + w(g, j) = 17. 15. We always 3 so l(h) + w(h, t) The nearest vertex to h is t; w(h, t) choose t when it has the equal-smallest l-value. So sg = t, and the algorithm stops with l(t) = 15. Since t has predecessor h, the minimum weight path is sadht, with weight 15.

The nearest neighbor algorithm, applied starting from Evansville, starts by selecting the edge EM, because it has the least cost of the three edges incident with E. The next edge must have M as an endpoint, and ME is not allowed (one cannot return to E, it has already been used), so the eheaper of the remaining edges is chosen, namely MN. The cheapest edge originating at N is NE, with cost $110, but inclusion oftbis edge would Iead back to E, a vertex that has already been visited, so NE is not allowed, and similarly NM is not available.