finds a smallest edge cut of the graph g.


finds a smallest s-t edge cut of the graph g.


uses rules vw to specify the graph g.

Details and Options

  • An edge cut of a graph g is a set of edges whose deletion from g disconnects g.
  • The s-t edge cut is a list of edges who deletion from g disconnects g with s and t in two different connected components.
  • For weighted graphs, FindEdgeCut gives an edge cut with the smallest sum of edge weights.
  • For a disconnected graph, FindEdgeCut will return an empty list {}.
  • The following option can be given:
  • EdgeWeight Automaticedge weight for each edge


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Basic Examples  (2)

Find a smallest edge cut:

Highlight an edge cut:

Find a smallest edge cut between two vertices:

Scope  (8)

FindEdgeCut works with undirected graphs:

Directed graphs:

Weighted graphs:


Mixed graphs:

Find an s-t edge cut:

Use rules to specify the graph:

FindEdgeCut works with large graphs:

Options  (1)

EdgeWeight  (1)

By default, the edge weight of an edge is taken to be its EdgeWeight property if available, otherwise 1:

Use EdgeWeight->weights to set the edge weight:

Applications  (1)

Find the smallest set of relations disconnecting two members in a friendship network of a karate club:

Highlight the result:

Properties & Relations  (4)

Use EdgeConnectivity to obtain the size of the edge cut:

Use FindMinimumCut to obtain a partition of vertices associated to the edge cut:

Deleting the edge cut disconnects the graph:

FindEdgeCut returns an empty list for a disconnected graph:

Wolfram Research (2012), FindEdgeCut, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2015).


Wolfram Research (2012), FindEdgeCut, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2015).


Wolfram Language. 2012. "FindEdgeCut." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. Last Modified 2015.


Wolfram Language. (2012). FindEdgeCut. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from


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