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## What is Graph Cloning?

Today we have with us a reference to an undirected graph. What do we have to do? Returning a deep copy of the provided graph.

Let us look at the structure:

The Class Node:

It consists of the data value and the neighbors associated with each object of this class. There are a few methods as well to create objects/new nodes accordingly.

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class Node { public int val; public List<Node> neighbors; public Node() { val = 0; neighbors = new ArrayList<Node>(); } public Node(int _val) { val = _val; neighbors = new ArrayList<Node>(); } public Node(int _val, ArrayList<Node> _neighbors) { val = _val; neighbors = _neighbors; } }

The node given to us will always be the root node. Returning a reference/copy to the root will help us return the clone of the graph we have been provided with.

Sample test case:

Input : [[1,2],[2,3],[3,4],[4,5],[1,2]]

Output : [[1,2],[2,3],[3,4],[4,5],[1,2]]

The clone should look something like

i.e consisting of the copy of the nodes which have the same values.

Disclaimer: Do not return the same graph

**Solution**

**Using Breadth-First Search and HashMap**

We can traverse through using BFS and maintain a HashMap for keeping a mapping of the original and the clone nodes.

**Pseudocode**

- Create a hashmap
- Add the root node and the copy to the hashmap
- Put the root node to the stack
- Traverse through the neighbours and keep repeating the above process
- Add the neighbours for each node
- Keep repeating the above process until the queue gets empty

For more reference lookup BFS: Breadth-First Search (BFS) for a Graph(Opens in a new browser tab)

Here is a simple image to illustrate the above process

Now that we have got a basic idea of how to do stuff let us get into the code

**Java Program for Graph Cloning**

class Solution { public Node cloneGraph(Node node) { if(node==null) return null; //Creating a Queue for BFS Queue<Node>store=new LinkedList<Node>(); //Adding the root node store.add(node); //Creating a hashmap of nodes and copies HashMap<Node,Node>hash=new HashMap<Node,Node>(); hash.put(node,new Node(node.val)); //Firing up the BFS! while(!store.isEmpty()) { Node cur=store.poll(); for(Node neigh:cur.neighbors) { if(!hash.containsKey(neigh)) { hash.put(neigh,new Node(neigh.val)); store.add(neigh); } //Adding the neighbours to the duplicate nodes hash.get(cur).neighbors.add(hash.get(neigh)); } } return(hash.get(node)); } }

**C++ Program for Graph Cloning**

class Solution { public: Node* cloneGraph(Node* node) { if(!node) return NULL; //Creating a Queue for BFS queue<Node*>store; //Adding the root node store.push(node); //Creating a hashmap of nodes and copies map<Node*,Node*>hash; hash[node]=new Node(node->val,{}); //Firing up the BFS! while(!store.empty()) { Node* cur=store.front(); store.pop(); for(Node* neigh:cur->neighbors) { if(hash.count(neigh)==0) { hash[neigh]=new Node(neigh->val,{}); store.push(neigh); } //Adding the neighbours to the duplicate nodes hash[cur]->neighbors.push_back(hash[neigh]); } } return(hash[node]); } };

[[1,2],[2,3],[3,4],[4,5],[1,2]]

[[1,2],[2,3],[3,4],[4,5],[1,2]]

## Complexity Analysis

Time complexity=O(V+E)

Space complexity=O(n)

V=Number of Vertices

E=Number of Edges

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How did the time and space complexity end up to this?

- We have in the code a loop emptying the queue that runs over V times. In the loop
- We remove data from the queue=O(1) operation
- Traverse all the neighbour edges to get the clones=O(Adj)
- Add neighbours=O(1) operation

- Summing up the complexity=V*(O(1)+O(Adj)+O(1))
- Which boils down to O(V)+O(V*Adj)
- Making the time complexity=O(V+E)
- The space complexity is O(n) as all we needed was a queue