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### Transitive reduction of DAG

I am looking for O(V+E) algorithm for finding the transitive reduction given a DAG. That is remove as many edges as possible so that if you could reach v from u, for arbitrary v and u, you can still ...
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### Shortest Path in a Directed Acyclic Graph with two types of costs

I am given a directed acyclic graph $G = (V,E)$, which can be assumed to be topologically ordered (if needed). Each edge $e$ in G has two types of costs - a nominal cost $w(e)$ and a spiked cost $p(e)$...
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### Transitive reduction of rectangle containment hierarchy DAG

I am looking for a $O(|V| + |E|)$ algorithm for finding transitive reduction of a rectangle containment hierarchy DAG, i.e. a directed edge exists from one rectangle to another if the first rectangle ...
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### Algorithm for finding an irreducible kernel of a DAG in O(V*e) time, where e is number of edges in output

An irreducible kernel is the term used in Handbook of Theoretical Computer Science (HTCS), Volume A "Algorithms and Complexity" in the chapter on graph algorithms. Given a directed graph $G=(V,E)$, ...
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### Finding all paths between a set of vertices in a DAG

Given a graph G= (V, E) that is: directed, acyclic, non-weighted, may have more than one edge between two vertices (thus, source and destination are not enough ...
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### Efficient algorithms for identifying the diamond fork&join vertices and the diamond pairs in directed acyclic graph?

Given a DAG (directed acyclic graph) $G=(V,E)$ without multiple edges, i.e., edges with the same source and target vertices, we define: A vertex $v_j \in V$ is a diamond-join ($\Diamond_J$) vertex if ...
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### Minimum Number of Edges Added to a DAG to get Unique Topological Order

The question is simple: Given an unweighted directed acyclic graph, $G = (V, E)$, what is the minimum number of directed edges we need to add to $E$ such that the resulting graph $G = (V, E')$ has ...
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### Has this graph-theoretic problem got a known name? Is it NP-hard?

I am considering the following problem. We are given a Directed Acyclic Graph. In general, there would be some number of subgraphs that, contracted into one node, would make it a tree. For example, ...
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### maximum weighted path(s) in a DAG

Given a weighted directed acyclic graph (DAG), I need to find all maximum weighted paths between the start node(s), i.e. zero incoming edges, and the end node(s), i.e. zero outgoing edges. My current ...
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### Strongly connected components on a DAG

What is supposed to be the right result of an SCC algorithm running on a DAG. should it return "no components" or "there are V components of size 1"? I suspect it will return the latter (since it ...
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### Approximating the biggest acyclic subgraph of a given weighted digraph $G= (V,E)$

The base scenario is this: We're given a weighted, directed graph $G= (V,E)$, and are tasked to find an approximating algorithm which returns a digraph $G' = (V,E')$ (i.e. which only deletes edges) so ...
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### Can the running time be reduced to something lower than $O(d^4)$?

Imagine I have a weighted complete directed graph $G$ with $d$ vertices(so $d(d-1)$ edges) and I want to do the following: Set $D$ to be a DAG with the same set of vertices but without any edges sort ...
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### Fastest algorithm for shortest path with atmost k edges on a DAG with non-negative edge weights?

(Please note, this is not a duplicate to Shortest path with exactly $k$ edges OR Shortest path with a fixed number of edges. What I want is a better algorithm) The problem under consideration is to ...
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### Why do we use DAG rather than trees to represent search space of a search problem?

I saw people use DAGs to represent the search space of a search problems like the travelling salesman problem. Why is this better than the tree representation? Is the reason to save memory space on ...
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### Is there a term for these “descendancy” subgraphs of directed acyclic graphs?

Consider a directed acyclic graph $G$ with vertex set $V$. Choose a vertex $v$, and let $H$ be the subgraph containing $v$ and all other vertices in $G$ that are reachable from $v$ (along with the ...
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### Given an unsorted list of $n$ items, how many random comparisons are needed on average to be able to sort the list?

There is an unsorted list of $n$ items $x_1, \ldots, x_n$. Until you can sort the list, you are given one of the ${n \choose 2}$ possible binary comparisons uniformly at random (with replacement). On ...
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### Fewest traversals to visit all vertices of DAG

I want to find the fewest traversals to visit all vertices of a DAG. To take a very simple case: ...
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### How to find all topological sortings of a special DAG in O(N^2)

I came across the following question in a hackerrank competition, which is based on topological sorting of a DAG. https://www.hackerrank.com/contests/hourrank-29/challenges/birthday-assignment/forum ...
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### Number of states in an AND-OR DAG

Consider a DAG of $N$ nodes, where each node can take on one of two value, either false, $0$ or true, $1$. Additionally, let each non-leaf nodes (nodes with parents) be assigned a type: either an AND ...
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### Construct a DAG using Tarjan

This is a question related to a homework assignment so I guess I'm asking for hints, if that's ok? Basically, I'm wondering if there is some way to use Tarjan to compress the nodes in every SCC found ...
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### How to detect “tree-able” set-families?

A set-family (a set of sets of elements) is called tree-able if the elements can be arranged on a directed tree such that each element appears in exactly one node, and each set in the family ...
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### Construct a DAG from given multiple topological orderings

I need to construct a DAG, from its given topological orderings (i.e. the graph $G$ created must have all the orderings given as its topological orderings). For simplicity, the vertices are labeled as ...
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### Merging nodes of a DAG

I would like to merge connected nodes with a specific attribute of a directed acyclic graph. The purpose is to detect max connected clusters of blue nodes and merge them. After each merge operation, ...
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### edge coloring a directed acyclic graph

I have an edge coloring problem as follows: Suppose we have a DAG which has a source vertex s and an end vertex e, in addition, all the paths from s to e are of the same length say L. We define L ...
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### How to generate, validate, and invalidate a set/list of numbers in O(1) time and space?

Imagine my server is generating "tokens" of some sort for a client on a regular basis. When a client asks for a token, the server responds with a new value (and any other supplemental information it ...
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### Order the vertices to maximize the weights of edges in the induced subgraph

I have a complete directed graph $G:=(V,E)$ with directed edge weights $c_{ij}$ for every distinct nodes $i$ and $j$. Goal: Find the topological order such that the smallest edge weight of the ...
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### Assign weights to the edges in a DAG so that, for all S and T, all paths from S to T have equal weight

I have a DAG, and on each edge, I have a minimum and maximum weight. I would like to assign (or determine it's impossible to assign) exact weights to each edge so that Each edge's weight is between ...
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### Lowest single common ancestor in a Directed Acyclic Graph?

I was reading how to find the Lowest common ancestor in a DAG. A DAG can have scenarios where the LCA yields multiple solutions and I feel the accepted answer explains that pretty well. However, one ...
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### Context-free grammar for DAGs?

I'm looking for a "safe" representation of DAGs. With "safe" representation I mean that it can be described by a context-free grammar. Ideally, this grammar would be suitable for a simple LR parser. ...
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### Counting number of paths between two vertices in a DAG

I need an algorithm that computes the number of paths between two nodes in a DAG (Directed acyclic graph) I need a dynamic porgramming solution if possible.
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### What is the name of a rooted tree whose nodes may have edges to their descendants?

A tree is a special kind a graph. However, I came across a data structure which is a like a rooted tree, but where nodes are authorized to have direct links to any of their descendants. Shortcuts if ...
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### Is the following figure DAG?

I have been through multiple definitions of DAG and all of them say that it is a directed graph without cycles. Also, it is said that it has topological ordering. Now the following figure is directed ...
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### Iterative Depth First Search for cycle detection on directed graphs

I found this pseudocode on Wikipedia, and looks very elegant and intuitive: ...
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### In a DAG, finding the path with the highest score

Given a directed, acyclic graph in which each node has an assigned integer score, what is a fast way of finding the path from a start and end vertex with the highest cumulative score? I thought of a ...
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### Formal definition on graph levels

I'm looking for a formal definition of "graph levels" on a DAG. This example should illustrate what I mean by this. The node 0 has no edges directed towards it, therefore this has level 0. Next is ...
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### Minimum number of sets of unreachable vertices for directed acyclic graph (DAG)

I have a DAG with vertices $V$ and edges $E$. If $v,w \in V$ are vertices such that $v$ is not reachable from $w$ and $w$ is not reachable from $v$, I will say that $\langle v,w \rangle$ is an ...
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### Parse DAG into task tree

Suppose we have a DAG of tasks: Arrows represent flow (reversed dependencies: 8 must be run after 7). Some of the tasks (like 4, 5, 6) can be run in parallel (Par block). Dependent tasks (like 7, 8, ...
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### Ordering of operations in a DAG of git commits

Context: I'm looking for a better state resolution algorithm for https://github.com/MichaelMure/git-bug Summary of the current algorithm and shortcomings git-bug is a distributed bug-tracker that ...
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### Using vector clocks vs. directed acyclic graph for causality detection in distributed systems

I'm trying to understand how vector clocks compare to DAGs for causality detection in a distributed system. When trying to detect causality relations in a distributed system, a very commonly proposed ...
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### When directed graph is linear, return the nodes in order. Otherwise fail

The Problem I have a set of edges (a, b), where a and b ...
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### Finding unique topological ordering wrt to another vertex ordering

Given a directed acyclic graph with $n$ nodes labeled from $1$ to $n$, what is an efficient way to produce the unique topological ordering with lower labeled nodes prioritized over higher labeled? ...
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### Transform a DAG to fork-join format

I have a directed acyclic graph where the nodes are tasks and the edges are dependency relations between tasks - the edges go from the dependency to the task that depends on it. It is possible that ...
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### maximally exclusive paths in a DAG

Suppose we have a DAG $G$ with one source node $s$, ie. it has a path to every node, and target node $t$ which every node has a path to it. For a pair of paths from $s$ to $t$ we can define a distance ...
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### Find all rooted subgraphs of a DAG

I searched the exchange and couldn't seem to find an answer to this. I am trying to find an algorithm that, given a directed acyclic graph (DAG) $G = (N,E)$ with a single root node $r\in N$, finds ...