Directed Graph Traversal

bukzor workitharder at
Thu Apr 3 18:38:31 CEST 2008

On Apr 2, 8:33 pm, Scott David Daniels <Scott.Dani... at Acm.Org> wrote:
> 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.Dani... at Acm.Org

That sounds like a kind of iterative deepening search, which is what
I'm planning to do. Once I have it written up, I'll post for your
pythonic enjoyment.


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