An algebraic formalism for graphs

  • Michel Bauderon
  • Bruno Courcelle
Graphs And Grammars
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 214)


We provide an algebraic structure for the set of finite graphs, whence a notion of graph expression for defining them and a complete set of equational rules for manipulating expressions.

By working at the level of expressions, one derives from this algebraic formalism a notion of graph rewriting which is as powerful and conceptually simpler than the usual categorical approach of Ehrig and alii.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michel Bauderon
    • 1
  • Bruno Courcelle
    • 1
  1. 1.Département de Mathématiques et d'Informatique Formation associée au CNRSUniversité de Bordeaux ITalenceFrance

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