Definition: A path through a graph that starts and ends at the same vertex and includes every other vertex exactly once.
Also known as tour.
Generalization (I am a kind of ...)
Specialization (... is a kind of me.)
See also Hamiltonian path, Euler cycle, vehicle routing problem, perfect matching.
Note: A Hamiltonian cycle includes each vertex once; an Euler cycle includes each edge once.
Also known as a Hamiltonian circuit.
Named for Sir William Rowan Hamilton (1805-1865).
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Paul E. Black, "Hamiltonian cycle", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 26 December 2012. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/hamiltonianCycle.html