# Kruskal’s Algorithm

#### In this tutorial, you will learn how Kruskal’s Algorithmworks. Also, you will find working examples of Kruskal’s Algorithm in Python.

Kruskal’s algorithm is a minimum spanning tree algorithm that takes a graph as input and finds the subset of the edges of that graph which

• form a tree that includes every vertex
• has the minimum sum of weights among all the trees that can be formed from the graph

## How Kruskal’s algorithm works

It falls under a class of algorithms called greedy algorithms that find the local optimum in the hopes of finding a global optimum.

We start from the edges with the lowest weight and keep adding edges until we reach our goal.

The steps for implementing Kruskal’s algorithm are as follows:

1. Sort all the edges from low weight to high
2. Take the edge with the lowest weight and add it to the spanning tree. If adding the edge created a cycle, then reject this edge.
3. Keep adding edges until we reach all vertices.

## Kruskal Algorithm Pseudocode

Any minimum spanning tree algorithm revolves around checking if adding an edge creates a loop or not.

The most common way to find this out is an algorithm called Union FInd. The Union-Find algorithm divides the vertices into clusters and allows us to check if two vertices belong to the same cluster or not and hence decide whether adding an edge creates a cycle.

``````KRUSKAL(G):
A = ∅
For each vertex v ∈ G.V:
MAKE-SET(v)
For each edge (u, v) ∈ G.E ordered by increasing order by weight(u, v):
if FIND-SET(u) ≠ FIND-SET(v):
A = A ∪ {(u, v)}
UNION(u, v)
return A``````

## Python Examples

``````/* Kruskal's algorithm in Python */

class Graph:
def __init__(self, vertices):
self.V = vertices
self.graph = []

self.graph.append([u, v, w])

/* Search function */

def find(self, parent, i):
if parent[i] == i:
return i
return self.find(parent, parent[i])

def apply_union(self, parent, rank, x, y):
xroot = self.find(parent, x)
yroot = self.find(parent, y)
if rank[xroot] < rank[yroot]:
parent[xroot] = yroot
elif rank[xroot] > rank[yroot]:
parent[yroot] = xroot
else:
parent[yroot] = xroot
rank[xroot] += 1

/*  Applying Kruskal algorithm */
def kruskal_algo(self):
result = []
i, e = 0, 0
self.graph = sorted(self.graph, key=lambda item: item)
parent = []
rank = []
for node in range(self.V):
parent.append(node)
rank.append(0)
while e < self.V - 1:
u, v, w = self.graph[i]
i = i + 1
x = self.find(parent, u)
y = self.find(parent, v)
if x != y:
e = e + 1
result.append([u, v, w])
self.apply_union(parent, rank, x, y)
for u, v, weight in result:
print("%d - %d: %d" % (u, v, weight))

g = Graph(6)
g.kruskal_algo()``````

## Kruskal’s vs Prim’s Algorithm

Prim’s algorithm is another popular minimum spanning tree algorithm that uses a different logic to find the MST of a graph. Instead of starting from an edge, Prim’s algorithm starts from a vertex and keeps adding lowest-weight edges which aren’t in the tree, until all vertices have been covered.

## Kruskal’s Algorithm Complexity

The time complexity Of Kruskal’s Algorithm is: O(E log E).

## Kruskal’s Algorithm Applications

• In order to layout electrical wiring
• In computer network (LAN connection)

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