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A Vertex Cover (VC) of a connected undirected (un)weighted graph G is a subset of vertices V of G such that for every edge in G, at least one of its endpoints is in V. A Minimum Vertex Cover (MVC) (Minimum Weight Vertex Cover (MWVC) for the weighted variant) of G is a VC that has the smallest cardinality (if unweighted) or total weight (if weighted) among all possible VCs. A graph can have multiple VC but the cardinality/total weight of its MVC/MWVC is unique.

There is another problem called Maximum Independent Set (MIS) that attempts to find the largest subset of vertices in a (un)weighted graph G without any adjacent vertices in the subset. Interestingly, the complement of an MVC of a graph is an MIS.

At the end of every visualization, when an algorithm highlights an MVC solution to a graph, it will also highlight its MIS (which is its complement) with light blue color.

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There are two available modes: Unweighted (default) and Weighted. You can switch between the two modes by clicking the respective tab.

There are algorithms that work in both modes and there are algorithms that only work in a certain mode.

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View the visualisation of the selected MVC algorithms here.

Originally, all vertices and edges in the input graph are colored with the standard black outline. As the visualization goes on, the color light blue will be used to denote covered edges and the color orange on edge will be used to show traversed edges.

At the end of the selected MVC algorithm, if it finds a minimum VC, it will highlight the MVC vertices with orange color and the non MVC vertices (a.k.a. the MIS vertices) with lightblue color. Otherwise, if the found vertex cover is not proven to be the minimal one (e.g. the algorithm used is an approximation algorithm), it will highlight the vertices that belong to the found vertex cover with orange color without highlighting the MIS vertices.

Pro-tip 2: We designed this visualization and this e-Lecture mode to look good on 1366x768 resolution or larger (typical modern laptop resolution in 2021). We recommend using Google Chrome to access VisuAlgo. Go to full screen mode (F11) to enjoy this setup. However, you can use zoom-in (Ctrl +) or zoom-out (Ctrl -) to calibrate this.


There are two different sources for specifying an input graph:

  1. Draw Graph: You can draw any connected (un)directed weighted graph as the input graph.
  2. Example Graphs: You can select from the list of example connected undirected weighted graphs to get you started.

Pro-tip 3: Other than using the typical media UI at the bottom of the page, you can also control the animation playback using keyboard shortcuts (in Exploration Mode): Spacebar to play/pause/replay the animation, / to step the animation backwards/forwards, respectively, and -/+ to decrease/increase the animation speed, respectively.


Bruteforce: It tries all possible 2^V subsets of vertices. In every iteration, it checks whether the currently selected subset of vertices is a valid vertex cover by iterating over all E edges and checking whether there is any edge that is not covered by the vertices in the currently selected subset. This bruteforce algorithm keeps the smallest size of the valid vertex cover as the answer.

This bruteforce algorithm is available in both weighted and unweighted version.

Its time complexity is O(2^V × E), i.e., very slow.

Discussion: But there is an alternative O(2^k × E) parameterized solution if we are told that k is 'not-that-large'.


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DP on Tree: If the graph is a tree, the MVC problem can be formulated as a Dynamic Programming problem where the states are (position, take_current_vertex).

Then, it can be seen that:
DP(u, take) = cost[u] + sum(min(DP(v, take), DP(v, not_take))) ∀child v of u, and
DP(u, not take) = sum(DP(v, take)) ∀child v of u

This DP algorithm is available in both weighted and unweighted version.

Its time complexity is O(V), i.e., very fast, if the input graph is a tree.


Greedy MVC on Tree: Again, if the graph is an unweighted tree, it can be solved greedily by observing that if there is any MVC solution that takes a leaf vertex, we can obtain a "not worse" solution by taking the parent of that leaf vertex instead. After removing all covered vertices, we can apply the same observation and repeat it until every vertex is covered.

This greedy MVC algorithm is only available in unweighted mode.

Its time complexity is O(V), i.e., very fast, if the input graph is an unweighted tree.


Kőnig's Theorem: From Kőnig's Theorem, the size of MVC in an unweighted bipartite graph is equal to the cardinality of the maximum matching of the bipartite graph. In the case of weighted bipartite graph, we can see that this theorem also holds true, with a tweak in how we construct the graph. In this visualization, we use a reduction to max flow problem to get the value of the MVC.

This algorithm is available in both weighted and unweighted version.

Its time complexity is O(V × E) (for unweighted version; can be smaller with pre-processing) or O(E^2 × V)/O(V^2 × E) (for weighted version, depending on the max flow algorithm used).


There are several known approximation algorithms for MVC:

  1. For unweighted version, we have either the deterministic 2-approximation or probabilistic 2-approximation (in expectation),
  2. For weighted version we have the Bar-Yehuda and Even's 2-approximation algorithm.

Note that these algorithms only yield an "approximated" MVC, meaning that they are not a true minimum vertex cover, but a good enough one.

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Note that if you notice any bug in this visualization or if you want to request for a new visualization feature, do not hesitate to drop an email to the project leader: Dr Steven Halim via his email address: stevenhalim at gmail dot com.


Gambar Grafik

Graf-Graf Contoh


MVC pada pohon

MVC pada Graf Bipartit



General Graph

Linear Chain

Unweighted 2-approx Killer

Weighted 2-approx Killer



Bipartite Graph

CS4234 Sample

DP pada Pohon

MVC Greedy pada Pohon

Teorema König

2-opt Deterministik

2-opt probabilistik

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VisuAlgo digagas pada tahun 2011 oleh Dr Steven Halim sebagai alat untuk membantu murid-muridnya mengerti struktur-struktur data dan algoritma-algoritma, dengan memampukan mereka untuk mempelajari dasar-dasarnya secara otodidak dan dengan kecepatan mereka sendiri.

VisuAlgo mempunya banyak algoritma-algoritma tingkat lanjut yang dibahas didalam buku Dr Steven Halim ('Competitive Programming', yang ditulis bersama adiknya Dr Felix Halim dan temannya Dr Suhendry Effendy) dan lebih lagi. Hari ini, beberapa dari visualisasi/animasi algoritma-algoritma tingkat lanjut ini hanya ditemukan di VisuAlgo.

Meskipun pada khususnya didesain untuk murid-murid National University of Singapore (NUS) yang mengambil berbagai kelas-kelas struktur data dan algoritma (contoh: CS1010/setara, CS2040/setara, CS3230, CS3233, dan CS4234), sebagai pendukung pembelajaran online, kami berharap bahwa orang-orang di berbagai belahan dunia menemukan visualisasi-visualisasi di website ini berguna bagi mereka juga.

VisuAlgo tidak didesain untuk layar sentuh kecil (seperti smartphones) dari awalnya karena kami harus membuat banyak visualisasi-visualisasi algoritma kompleks yang membutuhkan banyak pixels dan gestur klik-dan-tarik untuk interaksinya. Resolusi layar minimum untuk pengalaman pengguna yang lumayan adalah 1024x768 dan hanya halaman utama VisuAlgo yang secara relatif lebih ramah dengan layar kecil. Tetapi, kami sedang bereksperimen dengan versi mobil (kecil) dari VisuAlgo yang akan siap pada April 2022.

VisuAlgo adalah proyek yang sedang terus berlangsung dan visualisasi-visualisasi yang lebih kompleks sedang dibuat.

Perkembangan yang paling menarik adalah pembuatan pertanyaan otomatis (sistem kuis online) yang bisa dipakai oleh murid-murid untuk menguji pengetahuan mereka tentang dasar struktur-struktur data dan algoritma-algoritma. Pertanyaan-pertanyaan dibuat secara acak dengan semacam rumus dan jawaban-jawaban murid-murid dinilai secara instan setelah dikirim ke server penilai kami. Sistem kuis online ini, saat sudah diadopsi oleh banyak dosen Ilmu Komputer diseluruh dunia, seharusnya bisa menghapuskan pertanyaan-pertanyaan dasar tentang struktur data dan algoritma dari ujian-ujian di banyak Universitas. Dengan memberikan bobot kecil (tapi tidak kosong) supaya murid-murid mengerjakan kuis online ini, seorang dosen Ilmu Komputer dapat dengan signifikan meningkatkan penguasaan materi dari murid-muridnya tentang pertanyaan-pertanyaan dasar ini karena murid-murid mempunyai kesempatan untuk menjawab pertanyaan-pertanyaan ini yang bisa dinilai secara instan sebelum mereka mengambil kuis online yang resmi. Mode latihan saat ini mempunyai pertanyaan-pertanyaan untuk 12 modul visualisasi. Kami akan segera menambahkan pertanyaan-pertanyaan untuk 12 modul visualisasi yang lainnya sehingga setiap setiap modul visualisasi di VisuAlgo mempunyai komponen kuis online.

Kami telah menerjemahkan halaman-halaman VisuALgo ke tiga bahasa-bahasa utama: Inggris, Mandarin, dan Indonesia. Saat ini, kami juga telah menulis catatan-catatan publik tentang VisuAlgo dalam berbagai bahasa:

id, kr, vn, th.


Pemimpin & Penasihat Proyek (Jul 2011-sekarang)
Dr Steven Halim, Senior Lecturer, School of Computing (SoC), National University of Singapore (NUS)
Dr Felix Halim, Senior Software Engineer, Google (Mountain View)

Murid-Murid S1 Peniliti 1 (Jul 2011-Apr 2012)
Koh Zi Chun, Victor Loh Bo Huai

Murid-Murid Proyek Tahun Terakhir/UROP 1 (Jul 2012-Dec 2013)
Phan Thi Quynh Trang, Peter Phandi, Albert Millardo Tjindradinata, Nguyen Hoang Duy

Murid-Murid Proyek Tahun Terakhir/UROP 2 (Jun 2013-Apr 2014)
Rose Marie Tan Zhao Yun, Ivan Reinaldo

Murid-Murid S1 Peniliti 2 (May 2014-Jul 2014)
Jonathan Irvin Gunawan, Nathan Azaria, Ian Leow Tze Wei, Nguyen Viet Dung, Nguyen Khac Tung, Steven Kester Yuwono, Cao Shengze, Mohan Jishnu

Murid-Murid Proyek Tahun Terakhir/UROP 3 (Jun 2014-Apr 2015)
Erin Teo Yi Ling, Wang Zi

Murid-Murid Proyek Tahun Terakhir/UROP 4 (Jun 2016-Dec 2017)
Truong Ngoc Khanh, John Kevin Tjahjadi, Gabriella Michelle, Muhammad Rais Fathin Mudzakir

Murid-Murid Proyek Tahun Terakhir/UROP 5 (Aug 2021-Dec 2022)
Liu Guangyuan, Manas Vegi, Sha Long, Vuong Hoang Long

List of translators who have contributed ≥100 translations can be found at statistics page.

Ucapan Terima Kasih
Proyek ini dimungkinkan karena Hibah Pengembangan Pengajaran dari NUS Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning (CDTL).

Syarat Guna

VisuAlgo is free of charge for Computer Science community on earth. If you like VisuAlgo, the only "payment" that we ask of you is for you to tell the existence of VisuAlgo to other Computer Science students/instructors that you know =) via Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/TikTok posts, course webpages, blog reviews, emails, etc.

If you are a data structure and algorithm student/instructor, you are allowed to use this website directly for your classes. If you take screen shots (videos) from this website, you can use the screen shots (videos) elsewhere as long as you cite the URL of this website (https://visualgo.net) and/or list of publications below as reference. However, you are NOT allowed to download VisuAlgo (client-side) files and host it on your own website as it is plagiarism. As of now, we do NOT allow other people to fork this project and create variants of VisuAlgo. Using the offline copy of (client-side) VisuAlgo for your personal usage is fine.

Note that VisuAlgo's online quiz component is by nature has heavy server-side component and there is no easy way to save the server-side scripts and databases locally. Currently, the general public can only use the 'training mode' to access these online quiz system. Currently the 'test mode' is a more controlled environment for using these randomly generated questions and automatic verification for real examinations in NUS.

List of Publications

This work has been presented briefly at the CLI Workshop at the ICPC World Finals 2012 (Poland, Warsaw) and at the IOI Conference at IOI 2012 (Sirmione-Montichiari, Italy). You can click this link to read our 2012 paper about this system (it was not yet called VisuAlgo back in 2012) and this link for the short update in 2015 (to link VisuAlgo name with the previous project).

This work is done mostly by my past students. 

Bug Reports or Request for New Features

VisuAlgo is not a finished project. Dr Steven Halim is still actively improving VisuAlgo. If you are using VisuAlgo and spot a bug in any of our visualization page/online quiz tool or if you want to request for new features, please contact Dr Steven Halim. His contact is the concatenation of his name and add gmail dot com.

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Untuk murid-murid NUS yang mengambil mata kuliah yang menggunakan VisuAlgo: Dengan menggunakan akun VisuAlgo (sebuah tupel dari alamat email NUS resmi, nama murid resmi NUS seperti dalam daftar kelas, dan sebuah kata sandi yang dienkripsi pada sisi server — tidak ada data personal lainnya yang disimpan), anda memberikan ijin kepada dosen modul anda untuk melacak pembacaan slide-slide kuliah maya dan kemajuan latihan kuis online yang dibutuhkan untuk menjalankan modul tersebut dengan lancar. Akun VisuAlgo anda akan juga dibutuhkan untuk mengambil kuis-kuis VisuAlgo online resmi sehingga memberikan kredensial akun anda ke orang lain untuk mengerjakan Kuis Online sebagai anda adalah pelanggaran akademis.. Akun pengguna anda akan dihapus setelah modul tersebut selesai kecuali anda memilih untuk menyimpan akun anda (OPT-IN). Akses ke basis data lengkap dari VisuAlgo (dengan kata-kata sandi terenkripsi) dibatasi kepada Steven saja.

Untuk murid-murid NUS lainnya, anda dapat mendaftarkan sendiri sebuah akun VisuAlgo (OPT-IN).

Untuk dosen-dosen Ilmu Komputer di seluruh dunia yang telah menulis kepada Steven, sebuah akun VisuAlgo (alamat email (bukan-NUS), anda dapat menggunakan nama panggilan apapun, dan kata sandi terenkripsi) dibutuhkan untuk membedakan kredensial online anda dibandingkan dengan orang-orang lain di dunia. Akun anda akan dilacak seperti seorang murid NUS biasa diatas tetapi akun anda akan mempunya fitur-fiture spesifik untuk dosen-dosen Ilmu Komputer, yaitu kemampuan untuk melihat slide-slide tersembunyi yang berisi jawaban-jawaban (menarik) dari pertanyaan-pertanyaan yang dipresentasikan di slide-slide sebelumnya sebelum slide-slide tersembunyi tersebut. Anda juga dapat mengakses setingan Susah dari Kuis-Kuis Online VisuAlgo. Anda dapat dengan bebas menggunakan materi-materia untuk memperkaya kelas-kelas struktur-struktur data dan algoritma-algoritma anda. Catatan: Mungkin ada fitur-fitur khusus tambahan untuk dosen Ilmu Komputer di masa mendatang.

Untuk siapapun dengan akun VisuAlgo, anda dapat membuang akun anda sendiri bila anda tidak mau lagi diasosiasikan dengan tool VisuAlgo ini.