Solution: Implement Depth-First Search

Let’s solve the Implement Depth-First Search problem.

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Given a directed graph represented by an adjacency array graph and an integer source, representing the start vertex of the graph, return an array of integers, result that shows the order of depth-first traversal starting from the specified source vertex.


  • 11 \leqgraph.length \leq10310^3

  • 103-10^3 \leqgraph[i][j] \leq10310^3


To find the depth-first traversal of a given directed graph, we utilize the depth-first search (DFS) method, starting from the specified source vertex. Explore the graph by traversing each branch as deeply as possible before backtracking. Begin from the source vertex, and delve deeply into the graph structure by visiting adjacent vertices until we reach a leaf node or a dead-end. Unlike tree traversal, graph traversal must account for the possibility of cycles. To manage this, we maintain a record of visited vertices to avoid revisiting them. The process continues until all vertices have been explored, at which point the traversal order is returned.
Now, let’s look at the algorithm for this approach:

  1. Initialize an empty array result to store the traversal order.

  2. Determine the total number of vertices in the graph and create a boolean array visited to keep track of visited vertices. Initialize all entries in the visited array as FALSE.

  3. Create an empty stack stack to keep track of the nodes.

  4. Push the source vertex onto the stack and mark it as visited by setting the corresponding entry in the visited array to TRUE.

  5. Repeat the following steps until the stack is not empty:

    1. Pop the top vertex from the stack and store it in currentVertex.

    2. Add currentVertex to the result array.

    3. Iterate through all neighbors of currentVertex:

      1. If a neighbor has not been visited, push it onto the stack and mark it as visited by setting the corresponding entry in the visited array to TRUE.

  6. Return the result array containing the DFS traversal order.

Let’s have a look at the following illustrations for a better understanding of the algorithm above:

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