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Some sample graph theory code that can be used


///Adjacency Matrix////////////////////
int V, E, A, B, W, g[1005][1005];
cin >> V >> E; memset(g, -1, sizeof(g));
for (int i = 0; i < E; i++) {
    cin >> A >> B >> W;
    //Weight, can set for both or single direction
    g[A][B] = W; 
    g[B][A] = W;

///Adjacency List//////////////////////
vector<pair<int, int> > g[1005];
int V, E, A, B, W;
cin >> V >> E;
for (int i = 0; i < E; i++) {
    cin >> A >> B >> W;
    g[A].push_back(make_pair(B, W));
    g[B].push_back(make_pair(A, W)); 


//initialise dist[i][j] to infinity at the start
for (int k=0;k<n;k++)
    for (int i=0;i<n;i++)
        for (int j=0;j<n;j++)
        // if there is a shorter path through node k, take it!
            dist[i][j] = min(dist[i][j], dist[i][k]+dist[k][j]);w
Floyd-­War­shall algorithm uses the idea of triangle inequa­lity, and is very
easy to code (just 4 lines!)

If there are negative cycles, dist[i][i] will be negative. Note the order!!!

Prim's Algorithm

//Lol just copied from hackerearth website
#include <iostream>
#include <vector>
#include <queue>
#include <functional>
#include <utility>

using namespace std;
const int MAX = 1e4 + 5;
typedef pair<long long, int> PII;
bool marked[MAX];
vector <PII> adj[MAX];

long long prim(int x)
    priority_queue<PII, vector<PII>, greater<PII> > Q;
    int y;
    long long minimumCost = 0;
    PII p;
    Q.push(make_pair(0, x));
        // Select the edge with minimum weight
        p =;
        x = p.second;
        // Checking for cycle
        if(marked[x] == true)
        minimumCost += p.first;
        marked[x] = true;
        for(int i = 0;i < adj[x].size();++i)
            y = adj[x][i].second;
            if(marked[y] == false)
    return minimumCost;

int main()
    int nodes, edges, x, y;
    long long weight, minimumCost;
    cin >> nodes >> edges;
    for(int i = 0;i < edges;++i)
        cin >> x >> y >> weight;
        adj[x].push_back(make_pair(weight, y));
        adj[y].push_back(make_pair(weight, x));
    // Selecting 1 as the starting node
    minimumCost = prim(1);
    cout << minimumCost << endl;
    return 0;
Used to Construct MST from Graph

Lowest Common Ancestor of Tree

ll lca(ll N,ll a,ll b){
    if(depth[a]<depth[b]) swap(a,b);
    //Equalise depth
    for(ll k=log2(N);k>=0;k--){
        ll parent = find_parent(a,k);//p[a][k]
        if(parent!=-1 && depth[parent]>=depth[b]){
    if (a==b)return a;
    //Jump parent by parent
    for(ll k=log2(N);k>=0;k--){
        ll parent = find_parent(a,k);//p[a][k]
        ll parentb = find_parent(b,k);//p[b][k]
    return p[a][0];
Requires 2k Decomp­osition of Parents

Breadth First Search

vector<int> g[100005];
queue<pair<int, int> > q;
int dist[1000005];
fill(dist, dist+1000005, -1);
while (!q.empty()) {
    int v = q.front().first;
    int d = q.front().second;
    if (dist[v] != -1) continue; //Visited
    dist[v] = d;
    for (int i = 0; i < g[v].size(); i++) {
        q.push(make_pair(g[v][i], d+1));
Time Comple­xity: O(|V| + |E|)
Space Comple­xity: O(b^d)
where d is the depth of the graph and b is the branching factor.

BFS is more suitable when the goal is close to the source, BFS is still faster in such cases.

We can use this algorithm to find the shortest path in a grid/u­nwe­ighted


dist[s]=0; //dist all others = INF
for (int i=0; i<N-1; i++){
    for (int j=0; j<E; j++){
        // if path is shorter through node u, take it!
        dist[v] = min(dist[v], dist[u]+cost);
Solves the Single Source Shortest Path (SSSP) problem. (shortest path from one node (source) to all other nodes)
Can be used with negative edges, Run the algorithm twice to detect for negative cycles

Time Comple­xity: O(VE)
Space Comple­xity: O(V)

Union Find Data Structure

int root (int x ) {
    if (x == parent [x]) return x ;
    return root (parent[x]) ;
bool is_connected (int x,int y) {
    return root (x) == root(y) ;
void connect ( int x , int y ) {
    int root_x = root (x);
    int root_y = root (y);
    if (root_x != root_y)
        parent [root_x] = root_y ;

////For Ranking//////////////////////
int rank[N];
void connect (int x , int y) {
    int root_x = root (x) , root_y = root (y) ;
    if (root_x == root_y) return ; // same root
    if (rank[root_x] > rank[root_y]) {
        parent[root_y] = root_x ;
    } else if (rank[root_x] < rank[root_y]) {
        parent[root_x] = root_y ;
    } else {
        parent[root_y] = root_x ;

Kruskal's Algorithm for MST

vector <tuple<int,int,int> > edges ; // weight,node A,node B
sort (edges.begin(), edges.end ()) ;
int total_weight = 0;
for (auto e : edges) {
    int weight, a, b;
    tie (weight,a,b) = e ;
    if (root(a) == root(b)) // taking this edge will cause a cycle
    total_weight += weight ; // take this edge
    connect (a, b) ; // connect them in the UFDS
Sort the list of edges by weight
For each edge in ascending order: If both nodes aren’t already
connected, take it. Else, skip this edge.
Time comple­xity: O(E log V) (but faster than Prim’s algorithm in
UFDS is needed to check if the nodes are connected in (2).

Depth First Search

bool vis[N];
vector<int> adjList[N];
void dfs(int node) {
    if (vis[node]) return;
    vis[node] = true;
    for (int a = 0; a < (int)adjList[node].size(); ++a)

bool vis[N];
vector<int> adjList[N];
stack<int> S;
while (!S.empty()) {
    int node =;
    if (vis[node]) continue;
    vis[node] = true;
    for (int a = 0; a < (int)adjList[node].size(); ++a)
DFS uses O(d) space, where d is the depth of the graph

DFS is not suited for infinite graphs.

Some applic­ations of DFS include:
1. Topolo­gical Ordering (covered later)
2. Pre-/I­n-/­Pos­t-order numbering of a tree
3. Graph connec­tivity
4. Finding articu­lation points
5. Finding bridges

Dijkstra's Algorithm

vector<pair<int,int> > adjList[10000]; // node, weight
priority_queue<pair<int,int>, vector<pair<int,int> >, greater<pair<int,int> > > pq; // distance, node
int dist[10000];
memset(dist, -1, sizeof(dist));
pq.push(make_pair(0, source)); dist[0] = 0;
    pair<int,int> c =;
    if(c.first != dist[c.second]) continue;
    for(auto i : adjList[c.second]){
        if(dist[i.first] == -1 || dist[i.first] > c.first + i.second){
            dist[i.first] = c.first + i.second;
            pq.push(make_pair(dist[i.first], i.first));
Time Complexity of our implem­ent­ation: O(E log E)
Space Comple­xity: O(V+E)

Solves the Single Source Shortest Path (SSSP) problem. Means shortest path from one node to all other nodes. Cannot be used with negative edges as it runs too slow
Especially cannot be used with negative cycles

2k Parent Decomp­osition

typedef long long ll;
ll p[V][K]; //node,kth ancestor
//DFS to compute node parents for p[i][0], first parent
bool visited[V];
ll depth[V];
void dfs(ll x){
    if (visited[x])return;
    for (auto i:adjlist[x]){
        if (!visited[i.first]){
            if (p[i.first][0] == -1){
                p[i.first][0] = x;
                depth[i.first] = depth[x]+1;
void calc_k_parents(ll N){
    for (ll k=1;k<K;k++){
        for (ll i=0;i<N;i++){
            if (p[i][k-1] != -1){
                p[i][k]= p[p[i][k-1]][k-1];
           // if (k==2)cout<<i<<","<<k<<":"<<p[i][k-1]<<","<<p[p[i][k-1]][k-1]<<","<<p[i][k]<<endl;

ll find_parent(ll x,ll k){
    for (ll i=K;i>=0;i--){
        if (k>= (1<<i)){
            if (x==-1)return -1;
    return x;


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