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CSE 421
Algorithms
Richard Anderson
Lecture 10
Minimum Spanning Trees
Minimum Spanning Tree
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Undirected Graph
G=(V,E) with edge
weights
Greedy Algorithms for Minimum
Spanning Tree
•[
P
r
im
]
Extend a tree by
including the cheapest
out going edge
• [Kruskal]
Add the
cheapest edge that joins
disjoint components
• [ReverseDelete]
Delete
the most expensive edge
that does not disconnect
the graph
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d
e
Why do the greedy algorithms
work?
• For simplicity, assume all edge costs are
distinct
Edge inclusion lemma
• Let S be a subset of V, and suppose e =
(u, v) is the minimum cost edge of E, with
u in S and v in VS
• e is in every minimum spanning tree of G
– Or equivalently, if e is not in T, then T is not a
minimum spanning tree
SV

S
e
Proof
• Suppose T is a spanning tree that does not contain e
• Add e to T, this creates a cycle
• The cycle must have some edge e
1
= (u
1
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 Algorithms

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