Definition: (1) A subgraph in which every vertex has a degree at most one. In other words, no two edges share a common vertex. (2) The problem of finding such a subgraph.
See also string matching, perfect matching, free edge, matched edge, free vertex, matched vertex.
Note: From Algorithms and Theory of Computation Handbook, page 7-21, Copyright © 1999 by CRC Press LLC. Appearing in the Dictionary of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology, Copyright © 2000 CRC Press LLC.
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Algorithms and Theory of Computation Handbook, CRC Press LLC, 1999, "matching", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed., U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. 17 December 2004. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/matching.html