On the History of the Minimum Spanning Tree Problem

@article{Graham1985OnTH,
  title={On the History of the Minimum Spanning Tree Problem},
  author={Ronald L. Graham and Pavol Hell},
  journal={Annals of the History of Computing},
  year={1985},
  volume={7},
  pages={43-57}
}
  • R. GrahamP. Hell
  • Published 1985
  • Computer Science
  • Annals of the History of Computing
It is standard practice among authors discussing the minimum spanning tree problem to refer to the work of Kruskal(1956) and Prim (1957) as the sources of the problem and its first efficient solutions, despite the citation by both of Boruvka (1926) as a predecessor. In fact, there are several apparently independent sources and algorithmic solutions of the problem. They have appeared in Czechoslovakia, France, and Poland, going back to the beginning of this century. We shall explore and compare… 

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