# Karp’s minimum mean (or average) weight cycle algorithm

• Difficulty Level : Expert
• Last Updated : 11 Jul, 2022

Given a directed and strongly connected graph with non-negative edge weights. We define the mean weight of a cycle as the summation of all the edge weights of the cycle divided by the no. of edges. Our task is to find the minimum mean weight among all the directed cycles of the graph.

Example:

`Input : Below Graph`

`Output : 1.66667`

Method to find the smallest mean weight value cycle efficiently

```Step 1: Choose first vertex as source.

Step 2: Compute the shortest path to all other vertices
on a path consisting of k edges 0 <= k <= V
where V is number of vertices.
This is a simple dp problem which can be computed
by the recursive solution
dp[k][v] = min(dp[k][v], dp[k-1][u] + weight(u,v)
where v is the destination and the edge(u,v) should
belong to E

Step 3: For each vertex calculate max(dp[n][v]-dp[k][v])/(n-k)
where 0<=k<=n-1

Step 4: The minimum of the values calculated above is the

Please refer to the solution of problem 9.2 here for proof that the above steps find minimum average weight.

Implementation:

## C++

 `// C++ program to find minimum average` `// weight of a cycle in connected and` `// directed graph.` `#include` `using` `namespace` `std;`   `const` `int` `V = 4;`   `// a struct to represent edges` `struct` `edge` `{` `    ``int` `from, weight;` `};`   `// vector to store edges` `vector edges[V];`   `void` `addedge(``int` `u,``int` `v,``int` `w)` `{` `    ``edges[v].push_back({u, w});` `}`   `// calculates the shortest path` `void` `shortestpath(``int` `dp[][V])` `{` `    ``// initializing all distances as -1` `    ``for` `(``int` `i=0; i<=V; i++)` `        ``for` `(``int` `j=0; j

## Java

 `// Java program to find minimum average ` `// weight of a cycle in connected and ` `// directed graph.` `import` `java.io.*;` `import` `java.util.*;`   `class` `GFG ` `{` `static` `int` `V = ``4``;`   `// a struct to represent edges` `static` `class` `Edge` `{` `    ``int` `from, weight;`   `    ``Edge(``int` `from, ``int` `weight)` `    ``{` `        ``this``.from = from;` `        ``this``.weight = weight;` `    ``}` `}`   `// vector to store edges` `//@SuppressWarnings("unchecked")` `static` `Vector[] edges = ``new` `Vector[V];` `static` `{` `    ``for` `(``int` `i = ``0``; i < V; i++)` `        ``edges[i] = ``new` `Vector<>();` `}`   `static` `void` `addedge(``int` `u, ``int` `v, ``int` `w) ` `{` `    ``edges[v].add(``new` `Edge(u, w));` `}`   `// calculates the shortest path` `static` `void` `shortestpath(``int``[][] dp) ` `{` `    ``// initializing all distances as -1` `    ``for` `(``int` `i = ``0``; i <= V; i++)` `        ``for` `(``int` `j = ``0``; j < V; j++)` `            ``dp[i][j] = -``1``;`   `    ``// shortest distance from first vertex` `    ``// to in itself consisting of 0 edges` `    ``dp[``0``][``0``] = ``0``;`   `    ``// filling up the dp table` `    ``for` `(``int` `i = ``1``; i <= V; i++)` `    ``{` `        ``for` `(``int` `j = ``0``; j < V; j++) ` `        ``{` `            ``for` `(``int` `k = ``0``; k < edges[j].size(); k++)` `            ``{` `                ``if` `(dp[i - ``1``][edges[j].elementAt(k).from] != -``1``) ` `                ``{` `                    ``int` `curr_wt = dp[i - ``1``][edges[j].elementAt(k).from] + ` `                                            ``edges[j].elementAt(k).weight;` `                    ``if` `(dp[i][j] == -``1``)` `                        ``dp[i][j] = curr_wt;` `                    ``else` `                        ``dp[i][j] = Math.min(dp[i][j], curr_wt);` `                ``}` `            ``}` `        ``}` `    ``}` `}`   `// Returns minimum value of average weight ` `// of a cycle in graph.` `static` `double` `minAvgWeight() ` `{` `    ``int``[][] dp = ``new` `int``[V + ``1``][V];` `    ``shortestpath(dp);`   `    ``// array to store the avg values` `    ``double``[] avg = ``new` `double``[V];` `    ``for` `(``int` `i = ``0``; i < V; i++)` `        ``avg[i] = -``1``;`   `    ``// Compute average values for all vertices using` `    ``// weights of shortest paths store in dp.` `    ``for` `(``int` `i = ``0``; i < V; i++) ` `    ``{` `        ``if` `(dp[V][i] != -``1``) ` `        ``{` `            ``for` `(``int` `j = ``0``; j < V; j++)` `                ``if` `(dp[j][i] != -``1``)` `                    ``avg[i] = Math.max(avg[i], ` `                                    ``((``double``) dp[V][i] - ` `                                              ``dp[j][i]) / (V - j));` `        ``}` `    ``}`   `    ``// Find minimum value in avg[]` `    ``double` `result = avg[``0``];` `    ``for` `(``int` `i = ``0``; i < V; i++)` `        ``if` `(avg[i] != -``1` `&& avg[i] < result)` `            ``result = avg[i];`   `    ``return` `result;` `}`   `// Driver Code` `public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args) ` `{` `    ``addedge(``0``, ``1``, ``1``);` `    ``addedge(``0``, ``2``, ``10``);` `    ``addedge(``1``, ``2``, ``3``);` `    ``addedge(``2``, ``3``, ``2``);` `    ``addedge(``3``, ``1``, ``0``);` `    ``addedge(``3``, ``0``, ``8``);`   `    ``System.out.printf(``"%.5f"``, minAvgWeight());` `}` `}`   `// This code is contributed by` `// sanjeev2552`

## Python3

 `# Python3 program to find minimum ` `# average weight of a cycle in ` `# connected and directed graph. `   `# a struct to represent edges ` `class` `edge:` `    ``def` `__init__(``self``, u, w):` `        ``self``.From ``=` `u` `        ``self``.weight ``=` `w`   `def` `addedge(u, v, w):` `    ``edges[v].append(edge(u, w))`   `# calculates the shortest path ` `def` `shortestpath(dp):` `    `  `    ``# initializing all distances as -1` `    ``for` `i ``in` `range``(V ``+` `1``):` `        ``for` `j ``in` `range``(V):` `            ``dp[i][j] ``=` `-``1`   `    ``# shortest distance From first vertex ` `    ``# to in itself consisting of 0 edges ` `    ``dp[``0``][``0``] ``=` `0`   `    ``# filling up the dp table` `    ``for` `i ``in` `range``(``1``, V ``+` `1``):` `        ``for` `j ``in` `range``(V):` `            ``for` `k ``in` `range``(``len``(edges[j])):` `                ``if` `(dp[i ``-` `1``][edges[j][k].From] !``=` `-``1``):` `                    ``curr_wt ``=` `(dp[i ``-` `1``][edges[j][k].From] ``+` `                                         ``edges[j][k].weight) ` `                    ``if` `(dp[i][j] ``=``=` `-``1``): ` `                        ``dp[i][j] ``=` `curr_wt ` `                    ``else``:` `                        ``dp[i][j] ``=` `min``(dp[i][j], curr_wt)`   `# Returns minimum value of average ` `# weight of a cycle in graph. ` `def` `minAvgWeight():` `    ``dp ``=` `[[``None``] ``*` `V ``for` `i ``in` `range``(V ``+` `1``)]` `    ``shortestpath(dp) `   `    ``# array to store the avg values ` `    ``avg ``=` `[``-``1``] ``*` `V`   `    ``# Compute average values for all ` `    ``# vertices using weights of ` `    ``# shortest paths store in dp.` `    ``for` `i ``in` `range``(V):` `        ``if` `(dp[V][i] !``=` `-``1``):` `            ``for` `j ``in` `range``(V):` `                ``if` `(dp[j][i] !``=` `-``1``): ` `                    ``avg[i] ``=` `max``(avg[i], (dp[V][i] ``-` `                                          ``dp[j][i]) ``/` `(V ``-` `j))`   `    ``# Find minimum value in avg[] ` `    ``result ``=` `avg[``0``]` `    ``for` `i ``in` `range``(V):` `        ``if` `(avg[i] !``=` `-``1` `and` `avg[i] < result): ` `            ``result ``=` `avg[i] `   `    ``return` `result`   `# Driver Code` `V ``=` `4`   `# vector to store edges ` `edges ``=` `[[] ``for` `i ``in` `range``(V)]`   `addedge(``0``, ``1``, ``1``) ` `addedge(``0``, ``2``, ``10``) ` `addedge(``1``, ``2``, ``3``) ` `addedge(``2``, ``3``, ``2``) ` `addedge(``3``, ``1``, ``0``) ` `addedge(``3``, ``0``, ``8``) `   `print``(minAvgWeight())`   `# This code is contributed by Pranchalk`

## C#

 `// C# program to find minimum ` `// average weight of a cycle ` `// in connected and directed graph. ` `using` `System;` `using` `System.Collections.Generic;` `class` `GFG{ ` `  `  `static` `int` `V = 4; `   `// a struct to represent` `// edges ` `public` `class` `Edge ` `{ ` `  ``public` `int` `from``, weight; ` `  ``public` `Edge(``int` `from``, ` `              ``int` `weight) ` `  ``{ ` `    ``this``.``from` `= ``from``; ` `    ``this``.weight = weight; ` `  ``} ` `} `   `// vector to store edges  ` `static` `List[] edges = ` `            ``new` `List[V];  `   `static` `void` `addedge(``int` `u, ` `                    ``int` `v, ``int` `w) ` `{ ` `  ``edges[v].Add(``new` `Edge(u, w)); ` `} `   `// calculates the shortest path ` `static` `void` `shortestpath(``int``[,] dp) ` `{ ` `  ``// initializing all distances ` `  ``// as -1 ` `  ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i <= V; i++) ` `    ``for` `(``int` `j = 0; j < V; j++) ` `      ``dp[i, j] = -1; `   `  ``// shortest distance from ` `  ``// first vertex to in itself ` `  ``// consisting of 0 edges ` `  ``dp[0, 0] = 0; `   `  ``// filling up the dp table ` `  ``for` `(``int` `i = 1; i <= V; i++) ` `  ``{ ` `    ``for` `(``int` `j = 0; j < V; j++) ` `    ``{ ` `      ``for` `(``int` `k = 0; ` `               ``k < edges[j].Count; k++) ` `      ``{ ` `        ``if` `(dp[i - 1, ` `               ``edges[j][k].``from``] != -1) ` `        ``{ ` `          ``int` `curr_wt = dp[i - 1,` `                           ``edges[j][k].``from``] + ` `                           ``edges[j][k].weight; ` `          ``if` `(dp[i, j] == -1) ` `            ``dp[i, j] = curr_wt; ` `          ``else` `            ``dp[i, j] = Math.Min(dp[i, j], ` `                                ``curr_wt); ` `        ``} ` `      ``} ` `    ``} ` `  ``} ` `} `   `// Returns minimum value of ` `// average weight of a cycle ` `// in graph. ` `static` `double` `minAvgWeight() ` `{ ` `  ``int``[,] dp = ``new` `int``[V + 1, V]; ` `  ``shortestpath(dp); `   `  ``// array to store the ` `  ``// avg values ` `  ``double``[] avg = ``new` `double``[V]; ` `  `  `  ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < V; i++) ` `    ``avg[i] = -1; `   `  ``// Compute average values for ` `  ``// all vertices using weights ` `  ``// of shortest paths store in dp. ` `  ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < V; i++) ` `  ``{ ` `    ``if` `(dp[V, i] != -1) ` `    ``{ ` `      ``for` `(``int` `j = 0; j < V; j++) ` `        ``if` `(dp[j, i] != -1) ` `          ``avg[i] = Math.Max(avg[i], ` `                           ``((``double``) dp[V, i] - ` `                             ``dp[j, i]) / ` `                             ``(V - j)); ` `    ``} ` `  ``} `   `  ``// Find minimum value in avg[] ` `  ``double` `result = avg[0]; ` `  `  `  ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < V; i++) ` `    ``if` `(avg[i] != -1 && ` `        ``avg[i] < result) ` `      ``result = avg[i]; `   `  ``return` `result; ` `} `   `// Driver Code ` `public` `static` `void` `Main(String[] args) ` `{ ` `  ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < V; i++) ` `    ``edges[i] = ``new` `List();` `  `  `  ``addedge(0, 1, 1); ` `  ``addedge(0, 2, 10); ` `  ``addedge(1, 2, 3); ` `  ``addedge(2, 3, 2); ` `  ``addedge(3, 1, 0); ` `  ``addedge(3, 0, 8); `   `  ``Console.Write(``"{0:F5}"``,` `                ``minAvgWeight()); ` `} ` `} `   `// This code is contributed by Princi Singh`

## Javascript

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Output

`1.66667`

Here the graph with no cycle will return value as -1.

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