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# Minimum spanning tree cost of given Graphs

• Difficulty Level : Expert
• Last Updated : 16 Apr, 2021

Given an undirected graph of V nodes (V > 2) named V1, V2, V3, …, Vn. Two nodes Vi and Vj are connected to each other if and only if 0 < | i – j | ≤ 2. Each edge between any vertex pair (Vi, Vj) is assigned a weight i + j. The task is to find the cost of the minimum spanning tree of such graph with V nodes.
Examples:

Input: V = 4 Output: 13
Input: V = 5
Output: 21

Approach: Starting with a graph with minimum nodes (i.e. 3 nodes), the cost of the minimum spanning tree will be 7. Now for every node i starting from the fourth node which can be added to this graph, ith node can only be connected to (i – 1)th and (i – 2)th node and the minimum spanning tree will only include the node with the minimum weight so the newly added edge will have the weight i + (i – 2)

So addition of fourth node will increase the overall weight as 7 + (4 + 2) = 13
Similarly adding fifth node, weight = 13 + (5 + 3) = 21
…
For nth node, weight = weight + (n + (n – 2))

This can be generalized as weight = V2 – V + 1 where V is the total nodes in the graph.
Below is the implementation of the above approach:

## C++

 `// C++ implementation of the approach``#include ``using` `namespace` `std;` `// Function that returns the minimum cost``// of the spanning tree for the required graph``int` `getMinCost(``int` `Vertices)``{``    ``int` `cost = 0;` `    ``// Calculating cost of MST``    ``cost = (Vertices * Vertices) - Vertices + 1;` `    ``return` `cost;``}` `// Driver code``int` `main()``{``    ``int` `V = 5;``    ``cout << getMinCost(V);` `    ``return` `0;``}`

## Java

 `// Java implementation of the approach``class` `GfG``{` `// Function that returns the minimum cost``// of the spanning tree for the required graph``static` `int` `getMinCost(``int` `Vertices)``{``    ``int` `cost = ``0``;` `    ``// Calculating cost of MST``    ``cost = (Vertices * Vertices) - Vertices + ``1``;` `    ``return` `cost;``}` `// Driver code``public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args)``{``    ``int` `V = ``5``;``    ``System.out.println(getMinCost(V));``}``}` `// This code is contributed by``// Prerna Saini.`

## C#

 `// C# implementation of the above approach``using` `System;` `class` `GfG``{` `    ``// Function that returns the minimum cost``    ``// of the spanning tree for the required graph``    ``static` `int` `getMinCost(``int` `Vertices)``    ``{``        ``int` `cost = 0;``    ` `        ``// Calculating cost of MST``        ``cost = (Vertices * Vertices) - Vertices + 1;``    ` `        ``return` `cost;``    ``}``    ` `    ``// Driver code``    ``public` `static` `void` `Main()``    ``{``        ``int` `V = 5;``        ``Console.WriteLine(getMinCost(V));``    ``}``}` `// This code is contributed by Ryuga`

## Python3

 `# python3 implementation of the approach`` ` `# Function that returns the minimum cost``# of the spanning tree for the required graph``def` `getMinCost( Vertices):``    ``cost ``=` `0`` ` `    ``# Calculating cost of MST``    ``cost ``=` `(Vertices ``*` `Vertices) ``-` `Vertices ``+` `1`` ` `    ``return` `cost`` ` `# Driver code``if` `__name__ ``=``=` `"__main__"``:` `    ``V ``=` `5``    ``print` `(getMinCost(V))`

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## Javascript

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Output:
`21`

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