Dijkstra's Shortest Path algorithm
katz at Glue.umd.edu
Sun Dec 10 01:12:01 CET 2000
On Sat, 9 Dec 2000, Jürgen Hermann wrote:
> Maybe you should try to implement it in Python and NOT take 2-3 days. ;))
I've looked around on google and found a visual graph solver applet coded
(presumably) in Python; I have to check it out. I've also checked out
www.python.org/docs/essay/graphs.html; it lists a beginnings of a Graph
class (sans Dijkstra's algorithm).
consider something simple:
adjMatrix = None # array.array? all we need are int's. (NxN matrix)
cost =  # cost from nodeFrom to all other nodes
pred =  # predecessors of every node
visited =  # boolean array symbolizing who has been processed
# add a vertex
def addVertex( node ): pass
# add a (weighted) edge
def addEdge( nodeFrom, nodeTo, cost ): pass
# returns array of nodes representing a path;
# empty path denotes nodeFrom == nodeTo;
# None represents no connection between
# nodeFrom and nodeTo.
def shortestPath( nodeFrom, nodeTo ): pass
# computes cost from nodeFrom to every other node and
# stores it in self.cost; also builds 'self.pred' array.
# uses a heap (for the more moderately-sized graphs),
# otherwise a simple array.
def dijkstraHelper( nodeFrom ): pass
coded as a C++ extension (I say C++ because I used C++ for my
assignment). Conceptually, the class would involve an adjacency matrix to
store the edge weights, and some small list (or dictionary) to act as a
lookup table. shortestPath, after calling dijkstraHelper(), would use
The lookup table to map vertex integers to objects as it builds the path.
I can imagine many situations in which I'd want to use something like
this. Unfortunately, as finals approach, I don't think I have the time to
code this up :).
2nd year, Computer Engineering
University of Maryland, USA
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