org.geotools.graph.traverse.standard

## Class AStarIterator

• All Implemented Interfaces:
GraphIterator

public class AStarIterator
extends SourceGraphIterator
A path iterator that uses a function (usually denoted f(x)) to determine the order in which the algorithm visits nodes, f(x) is a sum of two functions:
• The path-cost function (usually denoted g(x), which may or may not be a heuristic)
• An admissible "heuristic estimate" (usually denoted h(x)).
The iterator proceeds as follows (pseudo-code):

// COST(n,n') : the real cost to go from n to n'
OPEN = [Source]
CLOSE = []

while ( |OPEN| > 0 )
n = a node in OPEN with less f
remove n from OPEN
add n to CLOSE
if ( n == target ) {
return  // path find

// if n != target
for each node n' that relates to n do
if n' in OPEN
if (g(n) + COST(n,n')) < g(n')
g(n') = g(n) + COST(n,n')
parent(n') = n
else
g(n') = g(n) + COST(n,n')
parent(n') = n
add n' to OPEN
// end while

For more details see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_star
Author:
Germán E. Trouillet, Francisco G. Malbrán. Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC)
• ### Method Detail

• #### init

public void init(Graph graph,
GraphTraversal traversal)
Does Nothing. All the work was already done by the constructor.
Parameters:
graph - The graph being whose components are being iterated over.
• #### next

public Graphable next(GraphTraversal traversal)
Returns the next node in the priority queue. if the queue is empty then there is no path from the source to the destiny in this graph.
Returns:
The next component in the iteration, or null if iteration is complete.
org.geotools.graph.traverse.GraphIterator#next()
• #### cont

public void cont(Graphable current,
GraphTraversal traversal)
Makes a step of the A* algorithm. Takes the current node, looks for its neighbours. The ones which are closed are discarted. The ones "in" the opened queue are checked to see if its necessary to update them. The rest of the nodes are initialized as AStarNodes and inserted in the opened queue.
Parameters:
current - The current component of the traversal.
org.geotools.graph.traverse.GraphIterator#cont(Graphable)
• #### killBranch

public void killBranch(Graphable current,
GraphTraversal traversal)
Kills the branch of the traversal
Parameters:
current - The current component of the traversal.