Labeled graph

Labeled graph

In graph theory (which is an area in mathematics and computer science) a "labeled graph" is a graph with "labels" assigned to its nodes and edges. These assignments do not have to be unique, i.e. different nodes or edges can have the same label. Mathematically a labeled graph can be defined as follows:

Given two alphabets Sigma_V and Sigma_E a labeled graph is a triple G = (V,E,ell_V) where
*V is a finite set of nodes,
*Esubseteq V imesSigma_E imes V is a ternary relation describing the edges (including the labeling of the edges) and
*ell_Vcolon V ightarrowSigma_V is a function describing the labeling of the nodes.If E is symmetric, i.e. for all edges (v,l,w)in E it is also (w,l,v)in E, then the Graph G is called undirected and directed otherwise.

Note that this notion of a labeled graph is different from the notion given in the article graph labeling.


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