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Shortest Path

Consider the following weighted undirected graph

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Such that cost(5?v1) cost(v1? v2) cost (

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How About Using the MST Algorithm?

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- Compute the MST
- Take the path between the two nodes that goes

through the MST

The Fringe

Given a Graph G (V,E) and T a subset of V, the

fringe of T, is defined as Fringe(T)

(w,x) in E w ? T and x ?V - T

Djikstra Algorithm Idea

- We are computing a shortest path from node u to a

node v - Start the algorithm with T u, construct

Fringe(T) - At each iteration, select the (z,w) in Fringe(T)

such that the path from u to w has the lowest

cost - Stop when v is part of T (not of the fringe!)

Example

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The Dijkstras Algorithm

// Input G (G,V), nodes u and v in V //output

Shortest path from u to v

T ? u F ? Fringe(u) ET ? While v is not

in the T do Choose (z,w) in F with the

shortest path (u, u1),

(u1,u2), , (un,z) (z,w) with (u, u1),

(u1,u2), , (un,z) in ET T ? T ? w

ET ? ET ? (z,w) for each (w,x)

(w,x) in E - ET do If no (w,x) in

F then F ? F ? (w,x) else

If the path u ? x going through (w,x) has less

weight than the path u?x going through

(w,x) then F ? ( F - (w,x)) ? (w,x)

Properties

Is Dijkstras Algorithm greedy?

Yes

Why Dijkstras Algorithm works?

Complexity

- Actual complexity is O(Elog2 E)

- It is easy to see that it is at most EV

(i.e., E2) - the outer while is performed V times
- the inner for is performed at most E times

Homework

- 010
- Write the pseudo-code for the algorithm inserting

an element in a min-heap - Do the same for a Heap
- Write the pseudo-code for isLeaf(i) (Slide 15 of

class about Heaps) - Change Dijkstras Algorithm (Slide 6) to compute

the minimum distance from u to every node in the

graph - True or False the subgraph (T,ET) resulting from

4 is an MST of the input graph - In the graph of 2.b (Page 323). Follow Dijkstras

Algorithm to compute the path from c to l - 011
- Write the pseudo-code for the algorithm deleting

the element with the minimum priority value in a

min-heap - Do the same but deleting the one with the highest

priority for a Heap - Write the pseudo-code for Parent(i) (Slide 15 of

class about Heaps) - Change Dijkstras Algorithm (Slide 6) to compute

the minimum distance from u to every node in the

graph - True or False the subgraph (T,ET) resulting from

4 is a tree connecting all nodes of the input

graph - In the graph of 2.b (Page 323). Follow Dijkstras

Algorithm to compute the path from l to a