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Kruskal's algorithm is an algorithm in graph theory that finds a minimum spanning tree for a connected weighted graph. This means it finds a subset of the edges that forms a tree that includes every vertex, where the total weight of all the edges in the tree is minimized. If the graph is not connected, then it finds a minimum spanning forest (a minimum spanning tree for each connected component). Kruskal's algorithm is an example of a greedy algorithm. This algorithm first appeared in Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, pp. 48–50 in 1956, and was written by Joseph Kruskal. Other algorithms for this problem include Prim's algorithm, Reverse-Delete algorithm, and Borůvka's algorithm.

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Contents

1 Description 2 Performance 3 Pseudocode 4 Example 5 Proof of correctness 5.1 Spanning tree 5.2 Minimality 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Description

create a forest F (a set of trees), where each vertex in the graph is a separate tree create a set S containing all the edges in the graph while S is nonempty and F is not yet spanning remove an edge with minimum weight from S if that edge connects two different trees, then add it to the forest, combining two trees into a single tree otherwise discard that edge.

At the termination of the algorithm, the forest has only one component and forms a minimum spanning tree of the graph.

Performance

Where E is the number of edges in the graph and V is the number of vertices, Kruskal's algorithm can be shown to run in O(E log E) time, or equivalently, O(E log V) time, all with simple data structures. These running times are equivalent because:

using the weights as keys.u) to T. two 'find' operations and possibly one union for each edge.v only if T does not already contain a path between u and v. Define a forest T ← Ø //T will ultimately contain the edges of the MST // n is total number of vertices while T has fewer than n-1 edges do // edge u.removeMin() // prevent cycles in T. The numbers near the arcs indicate their weight. // the vertices has been added to the tree. we use a disjoint-set data structure (Union&Find) to keep track of which vertices are in which components.2 E is at most V2 and logV = 2logV is O(log V). If we ignore isolated vertices. which will each be their own component of the minimum spanning forest.v) ← Q. Next. Pseudocode 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 13 14 15 16 function Kruskal(G = <N. Initialize a priority queue Q to contain all edges in G. where α is the extremely slowly-growing inverse of the single-valued Ackermann function. and let C(u) be the cluster containing u. if C(v) ≠ C(u) then Add edge (v. add u. V ≤ E+1. Provided that the edges are either already sorted or can be sorted in linear time (for example with counting sort or radix sort). We need to perform O(E) operations. so log V is O(log E). this allows the step "remove an edge with minimum weight from S" to operate in constant time. We can achieve this bound as follows: first sort the edges by weight using a comparison sort in O(E log E) time. Let C(v) be the cluster containing v. Merge C(v) and C(u) into one cluster. Even a simple disjoint-set data structure such as disjoint-set forests with union by rank can perform O(E) operations in O(E log V) time. length: A → R +): set of edges Define an elementary cluster C(v) ← {v}. return tree T Example Image Description This is our original graph.v is the minimum weighted route from u to v (u. that is. Thus the total time is O(E log E) = O(E log V). None of the arcs are highlighted. the algorithm can use more sophisticated disjoint-set data structure to run in O(E α(V)) time. A>: graph. union C(v) and C(u). .

with length 5. The arc BD has been highlighted in red. DF with length 6. so it is highlighted.AD and CE are the shortest arcs. The process continues to highlight the next-smallest arc. BE with length 7. The next arc. and FE because it would form FEBAD. so it would form a cycle (ABD) if it were chosen. with length 5. . The next-shortest arcs are AB and BE. so it is highlighted as the second arc. is highlighted using much the same method. AB is chosen arbitrarily. and AD has been arbitrarily chosen. CE is now the shortest arc that does not form a cycle. Many more arcs are highlighted in red at this stage: BC because it would form the loop BCE. DE because it would form the loop DEBA. and is highlighted. both with length 7. because there already exists a path (in green) between B and D.

Therefore. Minimality We show that the following proposition P is true by induction: If F is the set of edges chosen at any stage of the algorithm. when F is empty: any minimum spanning tree will do. B.Finally. Now assume P is true for some non-final edge set F and let T be a minimum spanning tree that contains F. and Clifford Stein. First. Proof of correctness The proof consists of two parts. Rivest. by the principle of induction. Thus. Spanning tree Let P be a connected. 1956). Charles E. Cormen. and the minimum spanning tree is found.CO%3B2-M) . and its weight is not more than the weight of T since otherwise the algorithm would choose f in preference to e. No. there is some minimum spanning tree that contains F.jstor. So T-f+e is a minimum spanning tree containing F+e and again P holds.org /sici?sici=0002-9939(195602)7%3A1%3C48%3AOTSSSO%3E2. If the next chosen edge e is also in T. In: Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society. Second. then P is true for F+e. Kruskal: On the Shortest Spanning Subtree of a Graph and the Traveling Salesman Problem (http://links. P holds when F has become a spanning tree. the process finishes with the arc EG of length 9. weighted graph and let Y be the subgraph of P produced by the algorithm. 1 (Feb. Then T-f+e is a tree. Ronald L. Y cannot be disconnected. it is proved that the constructed spanning tree is of minimal weight.0. Y cannot have a cycle. Otherwise. Clearly P is true at the beginning. 48–50 Thomas H. Y is a spanning tree of P. since the first encountered edge that joins two components of Y would have been added by the algorithm. Introduction to . pp. See also Reverse-Delete algorithm Dijkstra's algorithm Prim's algorithm References Joseph. it is proved that the algorithm produces a spanning tree. which is only possible if F is a minimum spanning tree itself. Leiserson. Vol 7. T+e has a cycle C and there is another edge f that is in C but not F. since the last edge added to that cycle would have been within one subtree and not between two different trees.

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