Appendix C. Graph Terminology


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The following presentation is loosely based on the first chapters of Graph Theory by Reinhard Diestel and Digraphs by Bang-Jensen and Gutin and on the appendixes of Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen et al. (Note that the terminology and notation may differ between books; it is not completely standardized.) If you think it seems like there's a lot to remember and understand, you probably needn't worry. Yes, there may be many new words ahead, but most of the concepts are intuitive ...

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