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Questions about graphs, discrete structures of nodes which are connected by edges, including trees and graphs with weighted edges.

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Finding an $st$-path in a planar graph which is adjacent to the fewest number of faces

I am curious whether the following problems has been studied before, but wasn't able to find any papers about it: Given a planar graph $G$, and two vertices $s$ and $t$, find an $s$-$t$ path $P$ ...
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Approximate minimum-weighted tree decomposition on complete graphs

Say I have a weighted undirected complete graph $G = (V, E)$. Each edge $e = (u, v, w)$ is assigned with a positive weight $w$. I want to calculate the minimum-weighted $(d, h)$-tree-decomposition. By ...
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Could min cut be easier than network flow?

Thanks to the max-flow min-cut theorem, we know that we can use any algorithm to compute a maximum flow in a network graph to compute a $(s,t)$-min-cut. Therefore, the complexity of computing a ...
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Steps that guarantee exiting a maze

Given a 2-dimensional maze where you can give 4 commands "move up/down/right/left". Knowing the maze but not where the person is, how to find the minimum sequence of commands that guarantees exiting ...
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Optimal meeting point in directed graph

Let $G(V, E)$ be a edge-weighted directed connected graph and $v_1, \dots, v_n \in V$ be some vertices. Let $d(a, b)$ denote the length of the shortest path from $a$ to $b$, for $a,b \in V$. I need ...
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Min-eigenvalue bound for a random d-regular graph

I need help proving the following fact: Let $G$ be a random $d$-regular graph with adjacency matrix $A$. The smallest eigenvalue $\lambda_n$ of $A$ should satisfy $|\lambda_n| = o_d(d)$. (In ...
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Covering a complete graph with n copies of an arbitrary graph: NP-complete?

Given a complete graph $G$, an arbitrary graph $H$, and a positive integer $n$, are there subgraphs $A_1,\dots,A_n$ of $G$ (not necessarily disjoint) such that their union is $G$, and each of them ...
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Change in the distances in a graph after removal of a node

Given an undirected unweighted graph $G=(V,E)$ and a node $s \in V$, we are looking for a vector $\operatorname{diff}[]$, such that, $$\operatorname{diff}[v] = \sum_{u \in V \setminus \{v\}}{(d^{G \...
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Maximum matching with social distancing

Let $G = (X\cup Y, E)$ be a bipartite graph. Suppose $X$ contains people, $Y$ contains seats in a theatre, and each edge $(x,y)$ has a weight representing how much person $x$ is willing to pay for ...
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Constructing a connected graph with given degree sequence

I am interested in constructing simple connected graphs where each vertex has a fixed number of edges (degree) ahead of time. I had originally assume I could use some modification of the Havel-Hakimi ...
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Minimum edge deletion partitioning of a planar graph

I'm interested in the time complexity of the following problem: Given an undirected planar graph $G=(V,E)$ and a weight function $w:E \rightarrow \mathbb{Z}$ (so weights can be negative, too), color ...
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How to solve the loan graph problem

The problem A loan graph is a directed weighted graph $\mathcal{G} = (V, A),$ where $A \subseteq V \times V.$ If we have a directed arc $(u, v)$, we interpret it as the node $u$ gave a loan of $w(u, ...
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Why is the complexity of negative-cycle-cancelling $O(V^2AUW)$?

We want to solve a minimal-cost-flow problem with a generic negative-cycle cancelling algorithm. That is, we start with a random valid flow, and then we do not pick any "good" negative cycles such as ...
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Optimality of DSATUR on interval graphs

The DSATUR algorithm is a greedy graph coloring algorithm. It consists of applying the usual greedy coloring algorithm, considering vertices in reverse lexicographic order of (number of different ...
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Shortest path that can be split into contiguous segments of 5 edges connecting 6 distinct nodes in an unweighted graph

The following problem (I'm paraphrasing) appeared in the 2019 Balkan Olympiad in Informatics: Five friends are on a road trip in a country with $N$ cities and $M$ bidirectional roads joining them. ...
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MST with possibly minimal diameter

I am working with some research problem connected loosely to TSP which requires to find the Minimum Spanning Tree of a fully connected, weighted graph, where all the weights are positive and the graph ...
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Compute the expected size of an approximation of vertex cover

Consider the following randomized approximation algorithm of vertex cover: Input: A graph G = (V, E). Output: A set $C_G \subseteq V$ a vertex cover of $G$. The algorithm: Set $C_G := \emptyset$. ...
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Problem with manipulation of colored graph

Consider a finite set of colors and a given an unweighted graph with the following properties: 1) Graph is connected. 2) All vertices of the graph has a color in the given set of colors. 3) No two ...
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What is the best algorithm to compute ALL homomorphisms between two rooted labeled trees?

Lets consider two node-labeled rooted trees Q and D. According to wikipedia definition ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree_homomorphism ) a mapping m from the nodes of Q to the nodes of D is a tree ...
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Formulating shortest path as submodular minimization

I'm curious about the general question of whether any combinatorial optimization problem with polynomial time solution can necessarily be reformulated as minimizing a submodular function. The answer ...
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Practical algorithms for the disjoint paths problem

Given an undirected graph $G$ and two pairs of vertices $(s_1, t_1), (s_2, t_2)$, the disjoint paths problem (DPP) asks for two vertex-disjoint paths, one from $s_1$ to $t_1$ and the other from $...
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Optimizing order of graph reduction to minimize memory usage

Having extracted the data-flow in some rather large programs as directed, acyclic graphs, I'd now like to optimize the order of evaluation to minimze the maximum amount of memory used. That is, given ...
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Find all the special graphs which can reduced to the shortest paths graph

I have a directed weighted graph $G = (V, E, W)$. There is always an edge from a vertex $i$ to another one $j$, the weight $w(i,j)$ could be positive infinity, and there does not exist any negative ...
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Find shortest paths in complement graph

I'm looking for an algorithm that receives as input a vertex $s$, and finds the shortest paths from $s$ to all vertices in the complement graph (undirected). The algorithm should run in $O(V+E)$ time, ...
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Polynomial time algorithm for finding a maximal monotone subset

Input: Some fixed $k>1$, vectors $x_i,y_i\in\mathbb R^k$ for $1\le i\le n$. Output: A subset $I\subset\{1,\dots,n\}$ of maximal size such that $(x_i-x_j)^T(y_i-y_j) \ge 0$ for all $i,j\in I$. ...
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Guided mining of common substructures in large set of graphs

Disclaimer: I'm not a CS so I basically have no idea what I'm talking about I have a large (>1000) set of directed acyclic graphs with a large (>1000) set of vertices each; the vertices are labeled. ...
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Computing the "at least k friends in common" graph

Suppose we have the graph of a social network with symmetric connections (e.g. Facebook or LinkedIn). Suppose we would like to find all pairs of people who have at least k friends in common, in order ...
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Suurballe's Algorithm: Proof of Correctness

I was reading about Suurballe's algorithm on Wikipedia, for the shortest edge-disjoint paths problem, i.e. given nodes $s$ and $t$ finding a pair of paths between these nodes, whose accumulated weight ...
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Stopping condition for goal-directed bidirectional search for shortest path

So I have a graph and need to find shortest path between two points in it. I need1 to do it it using bidirectional search. The bidirectional search should be goal-directed, i.e. A*. So let $l(u,v)$ ...
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Finding Shortest Paths of weighted graph using stacks

I will be given some kind of this graph as in the picture below. I've searched some algorithms but it seams as if it is something impossible for me to figure them out. In fact using Floyd–Warshall ...
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Worst-case sparse graphs for Hopcroft-Karp Algorithm

Of large sparse biparite graphs (say degree 4) with N verticies, roughly speaking, which of them cause the worst case running time of the Hopcroft-Karp algorithm? What is their general structure and ...
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What is the proof for the lemma "For every iteration of the Gomory-Hu algorithm, there is a representant pair for each edge"?

For a given undirected graph $G$, a Gomory-Hu tree is a graph which has the same nodes as $G$, but its edges represent the minimal cut between each pair of nodes in $G$. The Gomory-Hu algorithm finds ...
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Building cycle in rectangle

I have to build a cycle with fixed length $n$ that includes exactly $k$ corners inside $w$ x $h$ rectangle. For example: $w = 5\\h=3$ $n = 12\\k = 6$ I have already found out that I need at least $...
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Complexity of frog game on graphs is exponential, or can we do better?

Frog game initializes by placing one frog on every vertex of a simple connected graph $G$ with $n$ vertices. A move consists of moving all $x\gt 0$ frogs from one vertex to another non-empty vertex to ...
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Scheduling tasks on a graph with assistance

This is a follow-up to a question that I recently posted here: Completing tasks on a graph. In that question, I posted the following: Consider a graph $G = (V, E)$, where $V = \{0, 1, 2, \ldots, n\}$. ...
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What could we say about that conjecture that yields P != NP?

Let $F$ be the set of all Boolean formulae. We say that a Boolean formula $\varphi$ is positive (=monotone) if $\forall \alpha\in F,i\leq n$, if $\alpha\wedge\neg x_i\models\varphi$, then $\alpha\...
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Placing a tripod in a plane such that it partition a given set of points (with pic)

I would appreciate if anyone could help me with the following problem: Given a set of 3n points in the plane with n > 0, is it possible to find a placement of a tripod such that each region contains ...
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Trying to find a human-usable method to figure out optimal round 1 openings for this game

I'm trying to figure out optimal round 1 openings for this game: http://generals.io/. For the purposes of this question, I've simplified some of the rules and mechanics of the game, and I assume that ...
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Parallel algorithm to find if a set of nodes is on an elememtry cycle in a directed/undirected graph

I'm looking to find / develop a simple parallel algorithm that does this: Input: vs: list of root vertices max_length: max cycle length max_dist: max distance to root Variants one variant of ...
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Are there Some Pairs Shortest Paths Algorithms?

I know that there are All Pairs Shortest Paths algorithms. But I am not sure if they are effective if I am trying to solve the Pairs-Shortest-Path problem for a subset of my vertexes. The properties ...
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Decomposition of graphs that uses centers

Do you know of any kind of decomposition of graphs that involves centers, especially in the context of parametrized complexity? If so, please provide some reference. If not, do you see any reason (...
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Shortest path in graph - upgrade an algorithm

We are given a graph with $n$ vertices, $m$ edges, and path edge costs of $x$. For vertices without a direct path that are distant exactly one neighbor, we can add new edge with edge cost $y$. Our ...
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Minimum vertex-weight directed spanning tree where the weight function depends on the tree

Given a directed graph $G=(V,E)$ and a node $r\in V$, I need to grow a tree $T$ rooted at $r$ that has a minimum weight and spans all reachable nodes in $G$. The weight function assigns a non-...
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A variation in Ford-Fulkerson algorithm

Suppose that we redefine the residual network to disallow edges into $s$. Argue that the procedure FORD-FULKERSON still correctly computes a maximum flow. I was thinking that when we augment a path ...
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Optimization on hypergraph "refinements"

Given a hypergraph $H = (V, E)$, call $H' = (V, E')$ a refinement of $H$ iff there exists a partition $p : E' \to I$ (where $I$ is an arbitrary index set) such that $E = \{\bigcup_{x \in p^{-1}(i)} x \...
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Finding the Hamiltonian cycle that uses the least amount of straight lines

How can i find the Hamiltonian cycle on an nxn grid that uses the least amount of stright lines (curves left/right as much as possible)? Here's an example we have devised for 8x8: Here is an example ...
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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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What is the current fastest algorithm for finding the maximum common subgraph?

First of all, it's my first time in #ComputerScience at StackExchange so, my apologies if I'm making some newbie mistake when asking this question. So, I'm currently researching algorithms for ...
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How to convert a dependency graph to series-parallel representation?

I'm given a finite partial order, in the form of a dependency graph between items, and I'd like to have it in series-parallel form (Wikipedia). So formally, given a finite partial order $\le$ on a ...
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Network Reconstruction from Flow Function

Suppose that $T$ is a set of vertices in an unknown network. We have oracle $F(X,Y)$ that returns maximum flow value between $X, Y \subseteq T$ in the unknown network. Can we reconstruct the unknown ...
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