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Greedy Algorithms for a Minimum Spanning Tree
Two greedy algorithms (due to Prim [1] and Kruskal [2]) have been proved to find an optimal spanning tree. This Demostration lets you visualize the two algorithms in either 2D or 3D.
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Frederick Wu
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[1] R. C. Prim, "Shortest Connection Networks and Some Generalizations,"
Bell System Tech. J.,
36
, 1957 pp. 1389–1401.
[2] J. B. Kruskal, "On the Shortest Spanning Subtree of a Graph and the Traveling Salesman Problem,"
Proc. Amer. Math. Soc.,
7
, 1956 pp. 48–50.
[3] F. Wu, Chapter 6,
Manipulate@Mathematica
, Beijing: Tsinghua, 2010.
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Greedy Algorithms for a Minimum Spanning Tree
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Published: May 14, 2009
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