Count of unique lengths of connected components for an undirected graph using STL

Given an undirected graph, the task is to find the size of each connected component and print the number of unique sizes of connected components

As depicted above, the count(size of connected component) associated with the connected components are 2, 3 and 2. Now, the unique count of the components are 2 and 3. Hence the expected result is Count = 2


Input: N = 7

Output: 1 2 Count = 2
        3 4 5 Count = 3
        6 7 Count = 2
        Unique Counts of connected components: 2

Input: N = 10

Output: 1 Count = 1
        2 3 4 5 Count = 4
        6 7 8 Count = 3
        9 10 Count = 2
        Unique Counts of connected components: 4

Prerequisites: Depth First Search

The basic idea is to utilize the Depth First Search traversal method to keep a track of the connected components in the undirected graph. An STL container Set is used to store the unique counts of all such components since it is known that a set has the property of storing unique elements in a sorted manner. Finally, extracting the size of the Set gives us the necessary result. The step-wise implementation is as follows:

  1. Initialize a hash container (Set), to store the unique counts of connected components.
  2. Recursively call Depth First Search traversal.
  3. For every vertex visited, store the count in the set container.
  4. The final size of the Set is the required result.

Below is the implementation of the above approach:






// C++ program to find unique count of
// connected components
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
// Function to add edge in the garph
void add_edge(int u, int v, vector<int> graph[])
// Function to traverse the undirected graph
// using DFS algorithm and keep a track of
// individual lengths of connected chains
void depthFirst(int v, vector<int> graph[],
                vector<bool>& visited, int& ans)
    // Marking the visited vertex as true
    visited[v] = true;
    cout << v << " ";
    // Incrementing the count of
    // connected chain length
    for (auto i : graph[v]) {
        if (visited[i] == false) {
            // Recursive call to the DFS algorithm
            depthFirst(i, graph, visited, ans);
// Function to initialize the graph
// and display the result
void UniqueConnectedComponent(int n,
                              vector<int> graph[])
    // Initializing boolean visited array
    // to mark visited vertices
    vector<bool> visited(n + 1, false);
    // Initializing a Set container
    unordered_set<int> result;
    // Following loop invokes DFS algorithm
    for (int i = 1; i <= n; i++) {
        if (visited[i] == false) {
            // ans variable stores the
            // individual counts
            int ans = 0;
            // DFS algorithm
            depthFirst(i, graph, visited, ans);
            // Inserting the counts of connected
            // components in set
            cout << "Count = " << ans << "\n";
    cout << "Unique Counts of "
         << "connected components: ";
    // The size of the Set container
    // gives the desired result
    cout << result.size() << "\n";
// Driver code
int main()
    // Number of nodes
    int n = 7;
    // Create graph
    vector<int> graph[n + 1];
    // Constructing the undirected graph
    add_edge(1, 2, graph);
    add_edge(3, 4, graph);
    add_edge(3, 5, graph);
    add_edge(6, 7, graph);
    // Function call
    UniqueConnectedComponent(n, graph);
    return 0;



1 2 Count = 2
3 4 5 Count = 3
6 7 Count = 2
Unique Counts of connected components: 2

Time Complexity:
As evident from the above implementation, the graph is traversed using the Depth First Search algorithm. The individual counts are stored using Set container wherein the insertion operation takes O(1) time. The overall complexity is solely based on the time taken by the DFS algorithm to run recursively. Hence, the time complexity of the program is O(E + V) where E is the number of edges and V is the number of vertices of the graph.
Auxiliary Space: O(N)


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