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Dijkstra's algorithm to find the shortest path

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This is an implementation of the Dijkstra´s algorithm, which finds the minimal cost path between two nodes. It´s supposed to solve the problem on positive weighted instances.

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Yasin Kumru


mimine (view profile)

i understood the programme but it didn't work forme and i don't know why so can you help me please

best code. thanks. :)


mina (view profile)

hi. i want to make a WSN and implement one of the intelligent routing protocols on it.for start i dont know how to simulate a WSN. would anyone help me or send me anything helpful?
thank you


Bas (view profile)

I think you could speed up Dirk Stelder's solution by replacing the first for loop (between "candidate=[];' and "[u_index u]=min(candidate);") by the statement

[u_index u] = min(1 ./ (S==0) .* dist);

(Note that u_index is in fact the value; u is the index.) Entries in 1 ./ (S==0) have value Inf when their value in S is 1, i.e. when they have been visited, and 1 otherwise. Multiplying by dist leaves all visited nodes with distance Inf: precisely what 'candidate' looks like.

here is a simple rewrite that runs well for large networks. Th costmatrix is sparse (no entries for non-existing links) and only total costs are calculated:

function [spcost] = dijkstra(costmatrix, s, d)

% uses sparse matrix and ingores paths to save time and memory for large networks
% calculates totals cost only

% This is an implementation of the dijkstra´s algorithm, wich finds the
% minimal cost path between two nodes. It´s supoussed to solve the problem on
% possitive weighted instances.

% inputs:
% n*n costmatrix, can be sparse for nonexisting links
% n: the number of nodes in the network;
% s: source node index;
% d: destination node index;

%For information about this algorithm visit:

%This implementatios is inspired by the Xiaodong Wang's implememtation of
%the dijkstra's algorithm, available at
%file ID 5550

%Author: Jorge Ignacio Barrera Alviar. April/2007
%Edited Dirk Stelder September/2013

S(1:n) = 0; % vector, set of visited vectors
dist(1:n) = inf; % it stores the shortest distance between the source node and any other node;
prev(1:n) = n+1; % Previous node, informs about the best previous node known to reach each network node

dist(s) = 0;

while sum(S)~=n
for i=1:n
if S(i)==0
candidate=[candidate dist(i)];
candidate=[candidate inf];
[u_index u]=min(candidate);
for i=1:n
if costmatrix(u,i)>0 % ignore non-existing links (=zero in sparse matrices) to save time and memory
spcost = dist(d);


Barsam (view profile)

Really helped me, thanks!



David B

David B (view profile)

This is great code. As others have pointed out, it could be commented better, but having said that, it's the easiest implementation of Dijkstra's Algorithm to understand that is available on the file exchange. As a beginner programmer, I appreciate the simplicity.

The previous commenter pointed out, matriz-costo is an n x n adjacency matrix. To elaborate, elements reflect the cost of traveling between corresponding nodes. Any element set to zero implies a cost-free path exists between those two nodes. I usually set the elements corresponding to non-adjacent nodes to an arbitrarily large number (it might also work to set them to inf -- I haven't tried it).

My one wish is that the output included multiple paths if there is a tie for which path is shortest. I modified the code to return ties. It is posted here:

Thank you!!


For the people who look for input:
matriz_costo is the adjacency matrix (n by n matrix with distance or cost from one point/node to another
s is startnode
d is endnode


Chua (view profile)


Yannos M

script should be removed! One of the worst documentations ever..and very bad English.what is the size of s,d, matriz_costo???


matriz_costo means?

Petr Dostal

Any information about the inputs and outputs of dijkstra's algorithm. Can you present an example? Thanks!

li li

need it to research

Dominik Kaspar

A convenient implementation of Dijkstra's Shortest Paths algorithm.

Dimitri Strobbe

I loved this! Not too much information about the algorithm itself (dijkstra), but very nice and helpfull for my thesis!

Dimitri Strobbe

I loved this! Not too much information about the algorithm itself (dijkstra), but very nice and helpfull for my thesis!

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