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Given

  • weighted directed graph $G = (V,E,w)$, where $w : E \to \mathbb R^+$
  • source vertex $v \in V$
  • vertex subset $U \subset V$

how to find a shortest directed path from $v$ containing all vertices from $U$? Note that such path may contain vertices that are not in $U$.

  1. Does such problem have a name?
  2. How to find a solution?
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This problem is NP-complete, by reduction from Hamiltonian path. Given an instance $G=(V,E)$ of Hamiltonian path, add a new vertex $s$ connected to all original vertices; this edges are directed from $s$, and all the original graph edges are bidirectional. Give all edges unit weight. There is a path from $s$ visiting all of $V$ of weight $|V|$ if and only if $G$ has a Hamiltonian path.

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  • $\begingroup$ The question asks not for complexity of the problem, but for known names. $\endgroup$
    – Raphael
    Apr 14, 2014 at 18:16
  • $\begingroup$ @Raphael I'm actually interested both in an algorithm and in the name. I made it more clear in the question. $\endgroup$ Apr 14, 2014 at 18:29

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