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Vertex and edge

Definition:  A directed graph is a pair G = (V, E) where V is a finite set of vertices and E subset of V × V a relation on V, the set of edges.

Representation of graphs: The vertices are drawn as points, the edges as arrows, where an arrow is drawn from vertex u element V to vertex v element V if (u, velement E.

Example:  G1 = (V, E)   with   V = {0, 1, 2, 3, 4}   and   E = {(0,1), (0,2), (3,0), (2,0), (1,2)}

Figure 1: Representation of graph G1
Figure 1: Representation of graph G1

Definition:  Let G = (V, E) be a graph and u element V be a vertex. A vertex v element V is called adjacent to u, if there exists an edge from u to v, i.e. if (u, velement E.

The out-degree o(u) of a vertex u is the number of vertices v adjacent to u, i.e.

o(u)  =  | { v |  (u, velement E } |

The in-degree i(u) of a vertex u is the number of vertices v it is adjacent to, i.e.

 i(u)  =  | { v |  (v, uelement E } |

A vertex u is isolated if  o(u) = i(u) = 0.

Example:  In G1 vertex 0 is adjacent to vertex 3; vertex 2 has out-degree 1 and in-degree 2. Vertex 4 is isolated.


Definition:  A walk in a graph is a finite sequence of edges

p  =  (u0, v0) ... (um-1, vm-1)

with   m element natural numbers0   and   vi-1 = ui   for all   i element {1, ..., m-1}.

m is the length of the walk. The walk of length 0 is called the empty walk. Vertex u0 is called start vertex of p, vertex vm-1 is called end vertex of p. All other vertices of p are called inner vertices of p.


p1  =  (3,0) (0,2) (2,0) (0,2)

p2  =  (0,1) (1,2) (2,0)

p3  =  (3,0)

p4  =  (3,0) (0,1) (1,2) (2,0)

are walks in the above graph G1.

Walk p1 has a length of 4, walk p3 has length 1. In walk p2 vertex 0 is start and end vertex. In p4 vertex 0 is inner vertex and end vertex.

Definition:  Let   p  =  (u0, v0) ... (um-1, vm-1)   be a walk in a graph G.

Example:  In G1 walk p1 is not a trail since it contains edge (0,2) more than once. Walk p4 is a trail but no path since it visits vertex 0 more than once. Walk p2 is a circuit and even a cycle.


Definition:  A directed graph T = (V, E) is a tree if

Definition:  Let T be a tree with root r. A vertex v is called a direct descendant of a vertex u, if it is adjacent to u, i.e. if there is an edge from u to v. A vertex w is a descendant of u, if there is a non-empty path from u to w.

A vertex b is a leaf if it has no descendants; all other vertices are inner vertices of T.

The depth d(v) of a vertex v is the length of the path from the root r to v. The depth d(T) of the tree is the maximum depth of all vertices.

Definition:  A tree T is a binary tree if each vertex has an out-degree of at most 2.

A binary tree is called almost complete if

An almost complete binary tree T with n vertices has depth d(T) = int(log(n)).

Figure 2: Almost complete binary tree with 12 vertices
Figure 2: Almost complete binary tree with 12 vertices




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