Design and Analysis of Algorithms
CSE 5311 Section 003 Fall 2004
Due: November 24, 2004 (midnight).
No late submissions accepted.
A social network is a graph whose vertices represent people and
whose edges represent relationships between people. For this assignment you
will implement a program that reads in and analyzes a social network, where
the relationship is defined as "knowing" one another. So, if two people
know one another, there will be an undirected edge connecting their
corresponding vertices in the graph representation of the social
network. Your program will analyze the minimum, maximum and average degree
of vertices in the network, the average shortest path length between every
pair of persons, the longest shortest path length between two people, and
the largest clique in the graph (a set of people who all know each
other). The specifics follow.
- All data structures and algorithms must be implemented by you. No
part of your program can be copied from other sources.
- Your program will take a file name as an argument. The first two lines
of the file will contain the number of persons P and number of
"knows" relationships R in the file, respectively. The next P
lines each start with a consecutive integer (1..P) followed by a
space, followed by the person's name, which is a string of lowercase
characters (a-z). The remaining R lines each consist of two integers
u and v (1 ≤ u,v ≤ P, u ≠
v) separated by a space, which implies that person u and
person v know each other. You can see a sample input file here.
- Your program will represent the information from the file as a graph
using either an adjacency list or adjacency matrix representation.
- Your program will compute and output several statistics about the
graph. You can see a sample output here.
- Number of vertices
- Number of edges
- Minimum degree of a vertex - the degree of a vertex is the number of
edges connected to the vertex, i.e., the number of people that person
- Maximum degree of a vertex
- Average degree over all vertices, i.e., the average number of people
each person knows.
- Average shortest path length between pairs of vertices
- Longest shortest path between two vertices
- Size and members of the largest complete subgraph (clique) in the
social network, i.e., largest group of people where everybody knows
everybody. If more than one largest group occurs, then output any one of
Note: Finding the largest clique in a graph is a NP-Complete problem, i.e.,
may incur an exponential running time in the number of persons P in
the graph. So, you should implement an efficient version of the clique-finding
algorithm, but any version that always finds the maximal clique may take a
long time for large graphs.
- After ensuring that your program compiles and runs correctly on the
omega or gamma system, submit all source code to me (email@example.com) by the above
deadline. Please only send one email message; use attachments if sending
multiple files. In addition to correct functionality and satisfaction of
the above constraints, your submission will be graded based on good
programming style and documentation.