Directed Graph Traversal

Scott David Daniels Scott.Daniels at Acm.Org
Thu Apr 3 05:33:23 CEST 2008

bukzor wrote:
> Can someone point me in the direction of a good solution of this? I'm
> using it to construct a SQL query compiler, ....
> Given a directed graph and a list of points in the graph, what is the
> minimal subgraph that contains them all? It is preferable that the
> subgraph is a tree.

I did something nice (but non-redistributable) on this once: here is the
driving intuition:

*  Start with every point a distinct color.
*  Add all points adjacent in the digraph as the same color; merge
    colors as you join them.
*  When you are down to to a single color, you have the minimal solution
    in the set you've chosen.

I actually did a cheapest-first search; adding an edge each time.
There is a post-join pruning step that was (as I recall) fairly simple.

-Scott David Daniels
Scott.Daniels at Acm.Org

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