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Faster scaling algorithms for network problems
 SIAM J. COMPUT
, 1989
"... This paper presents algorithms for the assignment problem, the transportation problem, and the minimumcost flow problem of operations research. The algorithms find a minimumcost solution, yet run in time close to the bestknown bounds for the corresponding problems without costs. For example, the ..."
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This paper presents algorithms for the assignment problem, the transportation problem, and the minimumcost flow problem of operations research. The algorithms find a minimumcost solution, yet run in time close to the bestknown bounds for the corresponding problems without costs. For example, the assignment problem (equivalently, minimumcost matching in a bipartite graph) can be solved in O(v/’rn log(nN)) time, where n, m, and N denote the number of vertices, number of edges, and largest magnitude of a cost; costs are assumed to be integral. The algorithms work by scaling. As in the work of Goldberg and Tarjan, in each scaled problem an approximate optimum solution is found, rather than an exact optimum.
Determining Possible and Necessary Winners under Common Voting Rules Given Partial Orders
"... Usually a voting rule or correspondence requires agents to give their preferences as linear orders. However, in some cases it is impractical for an agent to give a linear order over all the alternatives. It has been suggested to let agents submit partial orders instead. Then, given a profile of part ..."
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Usually a voting rule or correspondence requires agents to give their preferences as linear orders. However, in some cases it is impractical for an agent to give a linear order over all the alternatives. It has been suggested to let agents submit partial orders instead. Then, given a profile of partial orders and a candidate c, two important questions arise: first, is c guaranteed to win, and second, is it still possible for c to win? These are the necessary winner and possible winner problems, respectively. We consider the setting where the number of alternatives is unbounded and the votes are unweighted. We prove that for Copeland, maximin, Bucklin, and ranked pairs, the possible winner problem is NPcomplete; also, we give a sufficient condition on scoring rules for the possible winner problem to be NPcomplete (Borda satisfies this condition). We also prove that for Copeland and ranked pairs, the necessary winner problem is coNPcomplete. All the hardness results hold even when the number of undetermined pairs in each vote is no more than a constant. We also present polynomialtime algorithms for the necessary winner problem for scoring rules, maximin, and Bucklin.
Improved approximation algorithms for unsplittable flow problems (Extended Abstract)
 In Proceedings of the 38th Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science
, 1997
"... ) Stavros G. Kolliopoulos 1 Clifford Stein 1 Abstract In the singlesource unsplittable flow problem we are given a graph G; a source vertex s and a set of sinks t 1 ; : : : ; t k with associated demands. We seek a single st i flow path for each commodity i so that the demands are satisfied and ..."
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) Stavros G. Kolliopoulos 1 Clifford Stein 1 Abstract In the singlesource unsplittable flow problem we are given a graph G; a source vertex s and a set of sinks t 1 ; : : : ; t k with associated demands. We seek a single st i flow path for each commodity i so that the demands are satisfied and the total flow routed across any edge e is bounded by its capacity c e : The problem is an NPhard variant of max flow and a generalization of singlesource edgedisjoint paths with applications to scheduling, load balancing and virtualcircuit routing problems. In a significant development, Kleinberg gave recently constantfactor approximation algorithms for several natural optimization versions of the problem [18]. In this paper we give a generic framework that yields simpler algorithms and significant improvements upon the constant factors. Our framework, with appropriate subroutines, applies to all optimization versions previously considered and treats in a unified manner directed and u...
Fast and Robust Earth Mover’s Distances
"... We present a new algorithm for a robust family of Earth Mover’s Distances EMDs with thresholded ground distances. The algorithm transforms the flownetwork of the EMD so that the number of edges is reduced by an order of magnitude. As a result, we compute the EMD by an order of magnitude faster tha ..."
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We present a new algorithm for a robust family of Earth Mover’s Distances EMDs with thresholded ground distances. The algorithm transforms the flownetwork of the EMD so that the number of edges is reduced by an order of magnitude. As a result, we compute the EMD by an order of magnitude faster than the original algorithm, which makes it possible to compute the EMD on large histograms and databases. In addition, we show that EMDs with thresholded ground distances have many desirable properties. First, they correspond to the way humans perceive distances. Second, they are robust to outlier noise and quantization effects. Third, they are metrics. Finally, experimental results on image retrieval show that thresholding the ground distance of the EMD improves both accuracy and speed. 1.
Approximation algorithms for singlesource unsplittable flow
 SIAM Journal on Computing
, 2002
"... In the singlesource unsplittable flow problem, commodities must be routed simultaneously from a common source vertex to certain sinks in a given graph with edge capacities. The demand of each commodity must be routed along a single path so that the total flow through any edge is at most its capacit ..."
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In the singlesource unsplittable flow problem, commodities must be routed simultaneously from a common source vertex to certain sinks in a given graph with edge capacities. The demand of each commodity must be routed along a single path so that the total flow through any edge is at most its capacity. This problem was introduced by Kleinberg [1996a] and generalizes several NPcomplete problems. A cost value per unit of flow may also be defined for every edge. In this paper, we implement the 2approximation algorithm of Dinitz, Garg, and Goemans [1999] for congestion, which is the best known, and the (3, 1)approximation algorithm of Skutella [2002] for congestion and cost, which is the best known bicriteria approximation. We study experimentally the quality of approximation achieved by the algorithms and the effect of heuristics on their performance. We also compare these algorithms against the previous best ones by Kolliopoulos and Stein [1999] Categories and Subject Descriptors: G.2.2 [Discrete Mathematics]: Graph Algorithms—Graph
A polynomial time primal network simplex algorithm for minimum cost flows
, 1995
"... Developing a polynomial time algorithm for the minimum cost flow problem has been a long standing open problem. In this paper, we develop one such algorithm that runs in O(min(n 2 m log nC, n 2 m 2 log n)) time, where n is the number of nodes in the network, m is the number of arcs, and C denotes th ..."
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Developing a polynomial time algorithm for the minimum cost flow problem has been a long standing open problem. In this paper, we develop one such algorithm that runs in O(min(n 2 m log nC, n 2 m 2 log n)) time, where n is the number of nodes in the network, m is the number of arcs, and C denotes the maximum absolute arc costs if arc costs are integer and 0 otherwise. We first introduce a pseudopolynomial variant of the network simplex algorithm called the &quot;premultiplier algorithm. &quot; A vector X of node potentials is called a vector of premultipliers with respect to a rooted tree if each arc directed towards the root has a nonpositive reduced cost and each arc directed away from the root has a nonnegative reduced cost. We then develop a costscaling version of the premultiplier algorithm that solves the minimum cost flow problem in O(min(nm log nC, nm 2 log n)) pivots, With certain simple data structures, the average time per pivot can be shown to be O(n). We also show that the diameter of the network polytope is O(nm log n).
Algorithms for dense graphs and networks on the random access computer
 ALGORITHMICA
, 1996
"... We improve upon the running time of several graph and network algorithms when applied to dense graphs. In particular, we show how to compute on a machine with word size L = f2 (log n) a maximal matching in an nvertex bipartite graph in time O (n 2 + n2"5/~.) = O (n2"5/log n), how to com ..."
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We improve upon the running time of several graph and network algorithms when applied to dense graphs. In particular, we show how to compute on a machine with word size L = f2 (log n) a maximal matching in an nvertex bipartite graph in time O (n 2 + n2"5/~.) = O (n2"5/log n), how to compute the transitive closure of a digraph with n vertices and m edges in time O(n 2 + nm/,k), how to solve the uncapacitated transportation problem with integer costs in the range [0..C] and integer demands in the range [U..U] in time O ((n 3 (log log / log n) 1/2 + n 2 log U) log nC), and how to solve the assignment problem with integer costs in the range [0..C] in time O(n 2"5 log nC/(logn/loglog n)l/4). Assuming a suitably compressed input, we also show how to do depthfirst and breadthfirst search and how to compute strongly connected components and biconnected components in time O(n~. + n2/L), and how to solve the single source shortestpath problem with integer costs in the range [0..C] in time O(n²(log C)/log n). For the transitive closure algorithm we also report on the experiences with an implementation.