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**muxdemux****Member**- Registered: 2012-12-23
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What are some good resources for a beginner to get an overview of graph theory?

I'm mostly interested in free and online resources.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi muxdemux;

What part of it attracts you? The theory? Computing shortest distances along weighted edges, travelling salesman, paths along vertices, the counting of them? The actual visualization, drawing them?

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**muxdemux****Member**- Registered: 2012-12-23
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what part of it attracts you?

The part where I become a good computer scientist, mainly. I don't really enjoy theory in mathematics for its own sake.

I guess everything you mentioned is relevant then.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

I never did find any book that was a good introduction to graph theory. I will search for some online stuff, I will post it here when I get some.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**pellerinb****Member**- Registered: 2012-12-26
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I learned graph theory from "Graph Theory and Its Applications" by Yellen and Gross. There is some coding info in it and I found the book very readable. Perhaps your local university library has this one or similar.

*Last edited by pellerinb (2012-12-26 05:51:36)*

Prime numbers have got to be the neatest things; they are like atoms. Composites are two or more primes held together by multiplication.

In biology, we use math like we know what we are talking about. Sad isn't it.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi muxdemux;

Try here too, let me know how it is:

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**muxdemux****Member**- Registered: 2012-12-23
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pellerinb wrote:

There is some coding info in it and I found the book very readable.

It's not really the kind of thing I was looking for, though if it's readable and targets CS students it might be worth a look.

bobbym wrote:

let me know how it is...

This is exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for, though I don't think the page has been updated in 4 odd years - which is a pity.

I've had someone recommend Reinhard Diestel's "Graph Theory." The first chapter seems to cover *most* of what I'm interested in. I could probably read some of the later chapters to get an overview of the other stuff.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Look for that textbook online if you do not already have it.

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**Alicelewis11****Banned**- Registered: 2014-03-24
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I have visited your link which is very awesome for me. I really need it. I would like to say Thanks for sharing it.

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I like Dots and Lines

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Here's a book on graph theory with Sage: latest-r1991

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**ShivamS****Member**- Registered: 2011-02-07
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Introduction to Graph Theory by Robin Wilson.

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