Ford-Fulkerson method


Definition: Given a flow function and its corresponding residual graph (a maximum-flow problem), select a path from the source to the sink along which the flow can be increased and increase the flow. Repeat until there are no such paths.

Note: This algorithm was proposed in 1956. After Wilf.

Author: PEB

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Paul E. Black, "Ford-Fulkerson method", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 17 December 2004. (accessed TODAY) Available from: