```layout: post permalink: /posts/shortest-path permalink_name: /shortest-path title: Find the shortest path from source to destination in a matrix```

Pseudo code

``````1. Create an empty queue and enqueue the source cell having a distance 0 from source (itself) and mark it as visited.
2. Loop till queue is empty
1. Dequeue the front node.
2. If the popped node is the destination node, return its distance.
3. Otherwise, for each of four adjacent cells of the current cell, enqueue each of the valid cells with +1 distance and mark them as visited.
3. If all the queue nodes are processed, and the destination is not reached, then return false.
``````

Python code

``````from collections import deque

# A queue node used in BFS
class Node:
# (x, y) represents coordinates of a cell in the matrix
# maintain a parent node for the printing path
def __init__(self, x, y, parent=None):
self.x = x
self.y = y
self.parent = parent

def __repr__(self):
return str((self.x, self.y))

def __eq__(self, other):
return self.x == other.x and self.y == other.y

# Below lists detail all four possible movements from a cell
row = [-1, 0, 0, 1]
col = [0, -1, 1, 0]

# The function returns false if (x, y) is not a valid position
def isValid(x, y, N):
return (0 <= x < N) and (0 <= y < N)

# Utility function to find path from source to destination
def getPath(node, path=[]):
if node:
getPath(node.parent, path)
path.append(node)

# Find the shortest route in a matrix from source cell (x, y) to
# destination cell (N-1, N-1)
def findPath(matrix, x=0, y=0):
# base case
if not matrix or not len(matrix):
return

# `N × N` matrix
N = len(matrix)

# create a queue and enqueue the first node
q = deque()
src = Node(x, y)
q.append(src)

# set to check if the matrix cell is visited before or not
visited = set()

key = (src.x, src.y)

# loop till queue is empty
while q:

# dequeue front node and process it
curr = q.popleft()
i = curr.x
j = curr.y

# return if the destination is found
if i == N - 1 and j == N - 1:
path = []
getPath(curr, path)
return path

# value of the current cell
n = matrix[i][j]

# check all four possible movements from the current cell
# and recur for each valid movement
for k in range(len(row)):
# get next position coordinates using the value of the current cell
x = i + row[k] * n
y = j + col[k] * n

# check if it is possible to go to the next position
# from the current position
if isValid(x, y, N):
# construct the next cell node
next = Node(x, y, curr)
key = (next.x, next.y)

# if it isn't visited yet
if key not in visited:
# enqueue it and mark it as visited
q.append(next)

# return None if the path is not possible
return

if __name__ == '__main__':

matrix = [
[4, 4, 6, 5, 5, 1, 1, 1, 7, 4],
[3, 6, 2, 4, 6, 5, 7, 2, 6, 6],
[1, 3, 6, 1, 1, 1, 7, 1, 4, 5],
[7, 5, 6, 3, 1, 3, 3, 1, 1, 7],
[3, 4, 6, 4, 7, 2, 6, 5, 4, 4],
[3, 2, 5, 1, 2, 5, 1, 2, 3, 4],
[4, 2, 2, 2, 5, 2, 3, 7, 7, 3],
[7, 2, 4, 3, 5, 2, 2, 3, 6, 3],
[5, 1, 4, 2, 6, 4, 6, 7, 3, 7],
[1, 4, 1, 7, 5, 3, 6, 5, 3, 4]
]

# Find a route in the matrix from source cell (0, 0) to
# destination cell (N-1, N-1)
path = findPath(matrix)

if path:
print('The shortest path is', path)
else: