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I searched the exchange and couldn't seem to find an answer to this.

I am trying to find an algorithm that, given a directed acyclic graph (DAG) $G = (N,E)$ with a single root node $r\in N$, finds all connected subgraphs $G_i\subseteq G$ that contain r.


What I've attempted so far

Consider the following DAG,

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To start, we have the graph:

$(\{1\},\varnothing)$

From the root, we should do a one-step search, including $m$ nodes, where $m$ ranges from $1$ to the number of children (of the root), in each subgraph. That is, the next set of subgraphs are:

$(\{1,2\},\{(1,2)\})$

$(\{1,3\},\{(1,3)\})$

$(\{1,4\},\{(1,4)\})$

$(\{1,2,3\},\{(1,2),(1,3)\})$

$(\{1,2,4\},\{(1,2),(1,4)\})$

$(\{1,3,4\},\{(1,3),(1,4)\})$

$(\{1,2,3,4\},\{(1,2),(1,3),(1,4)\})$

For each one of the above subgraphs, should we just do another one-step search?


Questions

Does anyone know of a better algorithm for recursively counting all of the subgraphs? I'm now aware that there is likely no polynomial-time algorithm (thanks to Raphael's comment) and such an algorithm may have exponential complexity in the worst-case.

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    $\begingroup$ Since there may be exponentially many such graphs, probably not. It may be more useful to ask about an iterator-style enumeration and restrict the time available to produce the next output. $\endgroup$ – Raphael Oct 22 '16 at 8:00
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    $\begingroup$ What have you tried? Where did you get stuck? We do not want to just hand you the solution; we want you to gain understanding. However, as it is we do not know what your underlying problem is, so we can not begin to help. See here for tips on asking questions about exercise problems. If you are uncertain how to improve your question, why not ask around in Computer Science Chat? $\endgroup$ – Raphael Oct 22 '16 at 8:01

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