Topologically sort a graph, where we are passed node labels and a list of direct parents for each node, as labels, too. A node can be 'processed' if all its parents have been 'processed', and hence occur at previous indices in the resulting sorting. Returns a table, in topological row order for IDs, and an entry depth, which encodes the topological layer, starting at 0. So nodes with depth == 0 are the ones with no dependencies, and the one with maximal depth are the ones on which nothing else depends on.




Has 2 columns:

  • id of type character, contains all node labels.

  • parents of type list of character, contains all direct parents label of id.


(data.table::data.table()) with columns id, depth, sorted topologically for IDs.


nodes = rowwise_table( ~id, ~parents, "a", "b", "b", "c", "c", character() ) topo_sort(nodes)
#> id depth #> 1: c 0 #> 2: b 1 #> 3: a 2