Definition:Arborescence

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Definition

Let $G = \left({V, A}\right)$ be a directed graph.

Let $r \in V$.


Definition 1

$G$ is an arborescence of root $r$ if and only if:

For each $v \in V$ there is exactly one directed walk from $r$ to $v$.


Definition 2

$G$ is an arborescence of root $r$ if and only if:

$(1): \quad$ $G$ is an orientation of a tree
$(2): \quad$ For each $v \in V$, $v$ is reachable from $r$.


Definition 3

$G$ is an arborescence of root $r$ if and only if:

$(1): \quad$ Each vertex $v \ne r$ is the final vertex of exactly one arc.
$(2): \quad$ $r$ is not the final vertex of any arc.
$(3): \quad$ For each $v \in V$ such that $v \ne r$ there is a directed walk from $r$ to $v$.


Root of Arborescence

The vertex $r$ of $G$ is known as the root of (the arborescence) $G$.


Equivalence of Definitions

These definitions are shown to be equivalent in Equivalence of Definitions of Arborescence.


Also known as

An arborescence of root $r$ can be referred to as an an $r$-arborescence, or just an arborescence.

Some sources, for example Donald E. Knuth: The Art of Computer Programming: Volume 1: Fundamental Algorithms, call an arborescence an oriented tree.


Also defined as

Some sources, for example Donald E. Knuth: The Art of Computer Programming: Volume 1: Fundamental Algorithms, define an arborescence of root $r$ so as to reverse the orientation of $G$, so that the arcs are all directed toward the root rather than away from it.


Also see

  • Results about arborescences can be found here.