Graph Theory and Graph Algorithms
FSI-VTG-AAcad. year: 2019/2020
The course provides an introduction to graph theory and familiarises students with basic terms.
It deals with the following topics: Graph representation. Time complexity of algorithms.
Data structures (binary heap, disjoint sets, ...). Eulearian trails, Hamiltonian paths.
Breadth-first searching, depth-first searching, backtracking, branch and bound method.
Connectivity and reachability. Shortest path problems (Dijkstra's algorithm, Floyd-Warshall algorithm). Network graphs. Trees, spanning tree problem, Steiner tree problems.
Fundamentals of computational geometry, Voronoi diagrams, Delaunay triangulation.
Network flows. Graph colouring. Graph matching.
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The students will be made familiar with the basics of the graph theory and graph algorithms. It will provide them with tools for using graphs to model various practical problems, which may then be solved by using the graph algorithms.
Successful completion of the course "Graph Theory" is conditional on basic knowledge of set theory, combinatorics and operations research.
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
Chartrand, G. and Oellermann, O.R. : Applied Algorithmic Graph Theory. McGraw Hill, New York, 1993.
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Demel, J.: Grafy, , 0
Cormen, T.H., Leiserson, C.E., Rivest, R.L. and Stein, C.: Introduction to Algorithms. MIT Press, 2001.
Plesník, J.: Grafové algoritmy, , 0
Gross, J.L. and Yellen, J.: Handbook of Graph Theory. CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2004.
Gross, J.L. and Yellen, J.: Graph Theory and Its Applications. CRC Press, Boca Raton, 1998.
Hochbaum, D.: Graph Algorithms and Network Flows. Lecture Notes, University of California at Berkeley, 1997, 84 pp.
Michaels, J.G. and Rosen, K.H.: Applications of Discrete Mathematics. McGraw Hill, New York, 1991.
Sedgewick, R.: Algorithms in Java, Part 5: Graph Algorithms. Addison Wesley, New York, 2002.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
The course-unit credit is awarded on condition of having implemented a nontrivial graph algorithm in a programming language (e. g. C++, Java, Python, etc.) The exam has a written form and tests students’ knowledge of terms and fundamental algorithms.
Language of instruction
The course aims to acquaint the students with the graph theory and graph-based algorithms that extend the knowledge acquired in courses focused on artificial intelligence, operations research, project management and computer networks and are commonly used to solve problems in engineering and other areas.
Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences
Since the attendance at seminars is required, it will be checked systematically by the teacher supervising the seminar. If a student misses a seminar, an excused absence can be compensated for via make-up topics of exercises.
Type of course unit
26 hours, optionally
Teacher / Lecturer
1. Definition of a graph and basic terms.
2. Computer representation of a graph.
3. Time and space complexity of algorithms.
4. Graph searching, backtracking, branch and bound method.
5. Applications of path problems, shortest paths, network graphs.
6. Eulerian trails, Hamiltonian paths and circles.
7. Connected components, trees and spanning trees.
8. Steiner trees.
9. Voronoi diagrams, Delaunay triangulation.
10. Graph colouring, cliques.
11.-12. Network flows.
13. Graph matching.
seminars in computer labs
26 hours, compulsory
Teacher / Lecturer
Seminars will focus on a computer implementation of graph algorithms and searching and testing WEB software based on the graph theory.
eLearning: currently opened course