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The NPcompleteness column: an ongoing guide
 JOURNAL OF ALGORITHMS
, 1987
"... This is the nineteenth edition of a (usually) quarterly column that covers new developments in the theory of NPcompleteness. The presentation is modeled on that used by M. R. Garey and myself in our book "Computers and Intractability: A Guide to the Theory of NPCompleteness," W. H. Freem ..."
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This is the nineteenth edition of a (usually) quarterly column that covers new developments in the theory of NPcompleteness. The presentation is modeled on that used by M. R. Garey and myself in our book "Computers and Intractability: A Guide to the Theory of NPCompleteness," W. H. Freeman & Co., New York, 1979 (hereinafter referred to as "[G&J]"; previous columns will be referred to by their dates). A background equivalent to that provided by [G&J] is assumed, and, when appropriate, crossreferences will be given to that book and the list of problems (NPcomplete and harder) presented there. Readers who have results they would like mentioned (NPhardness, PSPACEhardness, polynomialtimesolvability, etc.) or open problems they would like publicized, should
Approximation Algorithms for Disjoint Paths Problems
, 1996
"... The construction of disjoint paths in a network is a basic issue in combinatorial optimization: given a network, and specified pairs of nodes in it, we are interested in finding disjoint paths between as many of these pairs as possible. This leads to a variety of classical NPcomplete problems for w ..."
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The construction of disjoint paths in a network is a basic issue in combinatorial optimization: given a network, and specified pairs of nodes in it, we are interested in finding disjoint paths between as many of these pairs as possible. This leads to a variety of classical NPcomplete problems for which very little is known from the point of view of approximation algorithms. It has recently been brought into focus in work on problems such as VLSI layout and routing in highspeed networks; in these settings, the current lack of understanding of the disjoint paths problem is often an obstacle to the design of practical heuristics.
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.
A FASTER STRONGLY POLYNOMIAL MINIMUM COST FLOW ALGORITHM
, 1991
"... In this paper, we present a new strongly polynomial time algorithm for the minimum cost flow problem, based on a refinement of the EdmondsKarp scaling technique. Our algorithm solves the uncapacitated minimum cost flow problem as a sequence of O(n log n) shortest path problems on networks with n no ..."
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In this paper, we present a new strongly polynomial time algorithm for the minimum cost flow problem, based on a refinement of the EdmondsKarp scaling technique. Our algorithm solves the uncapacitated minimum cost flow problem as a sequence of O(n log n) shortest path problems on networks with n nodes and m arcs and runs in O(n log n (m + n log n)) time. Using a standard transformation, thjis approach yields an O(m log n (m + n log n)) algorithm for the capacitated minimum cost flow problem. This algorithm improves the best previous strongly polynomial time algorithm, due to Z. Galil and E. Tardos, by a factor of n 2 /m. Our algorithm for the capacitated minimum cost flow problem is even more efficient if the number of arcs with finite upper bounds, say n', is much less than m. In this case, the running time of the algorithm is O((m ' + n)log n(m + n log n)).
An Efficient Implementation Of A Scaling MinimumCost Flow Algorithm
 Journal of Algorithms
, 1992
"... . The scaling pushrelabel method is an important theoretical development in the area of minimumcost flow algorithms. We study practical implementations of this method. We are especially interested in heuristics which improve reallife performance of the method. Our implementation works very well o ..."
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. The scaling pushrelabel method is an important theoretical development in the area of minimumcost flow algorithms. We study practical implementations of this method. We are especially interested in heuristics which improve reallife performance of the method. Our implementation works very well over a wide range of problem classes. In our experiments, it was always competitive with the established codes, and usually outperformed these codes by a wide margin. Some heuristics we develop may apply to other network algorithms. Our experimental work on the minimumcost flow problem motivated theoretical work on related problems. Supported in part by ONR Young Investigator Award N0001491J1855, NSF Presidential Young Investigator Grant CCR8858097 with matching funds from AT&T and DEC, Stanford University Office of Technology Licensing, and a grant form the Powell Foundation. 1 1. Introduction. Significant theoretical progress has been made recently in the area of minimumcost flow ...
The auction algorithm: A distributed relaxation method for the assignment problem
, 1987
"... We propose a massively parallelizable algorithm for the classical assignment problem. The algorithm operates like an auction whereby unassigned persons bid simultaneously for objects thereby raising their prices. Once all bids are in, objects are awarded to the highest bidder. The algorithm can also ..."
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We propose a massively parallelizable algorithm for the classical assignment problem. The algorithm operates like an auction whereby unassigned persons bid simultaneously for objects thereby raising their prices. Once all bids are in, objects are awarded to the highest bidder. The algorithm can also be interpreted as a Jacobi like relaxation method for solving a dual problem. Its (sequential) worst case complexity, for a particular implementation that uses scaling, is O(NAlog(NC)) where N is the number of persons, A is the number of pairs of persons and objects that can be assigned to each other, and C is the maximum absolute object value. Computational results show that, for large problems, the algorithm is competitive with existing methods even without the benefit of parallelism. When executed on a parallel machine, the algorithm exhibits substantial speedup. * Work supported by Grant NSFECS8217668. Thanks are due to J. Kennington and L. Hatay of Southern Methodist Univ. for contributing some of their computational experience. Relaxation methods for optimal network flow problems resemble classical coordinate descent, Jacobi, and GaussSeidel methods for solving unconstrained nonlinear optimization
A Combinatorial, Strongly PolynomialTime Algorithm for Minimizing Submodular Functions
, 2000
"... algorithm for minimizing submodular functions, answering an open question posed in 1981 by GrStschel, Lovsz, and Schrijver. The algorithm employs a scaling scheme that uses a flow in the complete directed graph on the underlying set with each arc capacity equal to the scaled parameter. The resulting ..."
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algorithm for minimizing submodular functions, answering an open question posed in 1981 by GrStschel, Lovsz, and Schrijver. The algorithm employs a scaling scheme that uses a flow in the complete directed graph on the underlying set with each arc capacity equal to the scaled parameter. The resulting algorithm runs in time bounded by a polynomial in the size of the underlying set and the largest length of the function value. The paper also presents a strongly polynomialtime version that runs in time bounded by a polynomial in the size of the underlying set independent of the function value.
Network Correlated Data Gathering With Explicit Communication: NPCompleteness and Algorithms
 IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
, 2006
"... We consider the problem of correlated data gathering by a network with a sink node and a tree based communication structure, where the goal is to minimize the total transmission cost of transporting the information collected by the nodes, to the sink node. For source coding of correlated data, we co ..."
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We consider the problem of correlated data gathering by a network with a sink node and a tree based communication structure, where the goal is to minimize the total transmission cost of transporting the information collected by the nodes, to the sink node. For source coding of correlated data, we consider a joint entropy based coding model with explicit communication where coding is simple and the transmission structure optimization is difficult. We first formulate the optimization problem definition in the general case and then we study further a network setting where the entropy conditioning at nodes does not depend on the amount of side information, but only on its availability. We prove that even in this simple case, the optimization problem is NPhard. We propose some efficient, scalable, and distributed heuristic approximation algorithms for solving this problem and show by numerical simulations that the total transmission cost can be significantly improved over direct transmission or the shortest path tree. We also present an approximation algorithm that provides a tree transmission structure with total cost within a constant factor from the optimal. 1
New scaling algorithms for the assignment and minimum mean cycle problems
, 1992
"... In this paper we suggest new scaling algorithms for the assignment and minimum mean cycle problems. Our assignment algorithm is based on applying scaling to a hybrid version of the recent auction algorithm of Bertsekas and the successive shortest path algorithm. The algorithm proceeds by relaxing th ..."
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In this paper we suggest new scaling algorithms for the assignment and minimum mean cycle problems. Our assignment algorithm is based on applying scaling to a hybrid version of the recent auction algorithm of Bertsekas and the successive shortest path algorithm. The algorithm proceeds by relaxing the optimality conditions, and the amount of relaxation is successively reduced to zero. On a network with 2n nodes, m arcs, and integer arc costs bounded by C, the algorithm runs in O(,/n m log(nC)) time and uses very simple data structures. This time bound is comparable to the time taken by Gabow and Tarjan's scaling algorithm, and is better than all other time bounds under the similarity assumption, i.e., C = O(n k) for some k. We next consider the minimum mean cycle problem. The mean cost of a cycle is defined as the cost of the cycle divided by the number of arcs it contains. The minimum mean cycle problem is to identify a cycle whose mean cost is minimum. We show that by using ideas of the assignment algorithm in an approximate binary search procedure, the minimum mean cycle problem can also be solved in O(~/n m log nC) time. Under the similarity assumption, this is the best available time bound to solve the minimum mean cycle problem.