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# Questions tagged [network-flow]

Network flows are used to model concepts like traffic or water pipe systems. The basic idea is to move as many units of flow from source to sink nodes via edges with limited capacity.

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### Transit scheduling using flow networks

I am studying the maximum/minimum flow question, and was given the following problem: A traveling agency has $n$ destinations on their service map, and it intends to maintain them with minimum ...
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### is it possible to find the maximal min cut in polynomial time?

A maximal minimum cut is a minimum capacity cut with the largest number of edges.
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### Will a node with no incoming arc or no out coming arc affect the maximum flow?

So in a maximum flow question, say if we have a node which is not $s$ nor $t$, if it has no incoming arc, can we delete it without affecting the maximum flow? What if it has no output arc? How so?
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### Minimum-cut with Maximal number of edges

My question is: in a DAG, each edge has a different value of capacity, we can assume these capacities are integers multiples of the total number of edges. Also, sometimes we can have many minimum cuts,...
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### Minimum-cut with minimum number of edges

I am sure many folks here know the famous min-cut max-flow theorem - the capacity of the minimum cut is equal to the maximum flow from a given source, s, to a given sink, t, in a graph. Firstly, let'...
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### Efficient algorithm for assigning weights to nodes in graph to create steady state flow

I'm looking for an efficient algorithm (at least polynomial in the size of the graph, preferably linear) for the following problem: Definitions: Given a graph $(V,E)$, with non-negative weights ...
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### Check valid flow in a graph

For a flow network $G=(V,E)$ where $s,t \in V$ and capacities $c_e>0$ for $e \in E$. A flow $f$ is given. How can I check whether of not $f$ is a valid flow within the network?
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### Max flow through a specific edge

What i'v tried doing so far is to find a simple path from s to t containing e as well as some "bottle-neck edge" of maximal value (i.e. a simple path from s to t, containing e, whose minimum ...
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### Which computational framework lies behind the Chinese “Social Credit System”?

BACKGROUND The Social Credit System is a data-driven reputation system which draws on several sources to label various entities, namely businesses and individual citizens, with a trustworthiness ...
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### Proof of lemma from Hong's article about multi-threaded max flow algorithm

I'm struggling to prove Lemma 3 and Lemma 4 from an article about parallel version of push-relabel algorithm: A lock-free multi-threaded algorithm for the maximum flow problem. Lemma 3. Any trace ...
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### Forcing an edge to be in S-T min-cut

Given a flow-network $N=(G,c,s,t)$ and an edge $e=(u,v)$, I am trying to build an algorithm that finds a minimum $(S,T)$ cut in the given network, that includes e. So, I tried couple of steps, first, ...
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### Maximum Flow in a Network

Let $N = (V, E)$ be a network in which the capacity of each edge is either $12$ or $18$. Prove or disprove: The value of a maximum flow for $N$ can’t be $56$. I'm trying to figure out how to ...
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### Current value of flow in a network

Confused about a question regarding flow networks. Question is: Given the network below, what is the current value of flow in this network? Does the current flow of a network refer to the maximum ...
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### What is the most efficient way to solve a workshop scheduling problem?

I am trying to design an algorithm to solve a workshop scheduling problem. The problem is as follows: I have to schedule a workshop consisting of a finite number of time slots, and a finite number of ...
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### Binary flow in max flow problem

is there a way ensure that there only is flow through vertices c and d and not e or through d and e and not c. But not both at the same time. With an simple extension it is possible to put also ...
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### Does real linear programming produce bipartite perfect matching using maxflow reduction?

Given a bipartite graph the standard reduction to max flow is with the construction similar to following diagram: We can formulate max flow as an linear programming problem with integer variables in ...
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### Ford-Fulkerson vs Edmonds-Karp

I was reading about maximum flow algorithms comparing the efficiency of the different ones. On the Wikipedia Ford-Fulkerson algorithm page, they present the Edmonds-Karp algorithm as the BFS (instead ...
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### Maxflow of graph equal to value of flow plus maxflow of residual graph

I'm reviewing max flow min cut for an upcoming exam and one of the proofs relies on the fact that for any flow $f$ on graph $G$ and residual graph $G_f$, \mathrm{maxflow}(G) = \mathrm{val}(f) + \...
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### Confused with the proof that Edmonds-Karp always monotically increases the shortest-paths

The proof for the lemma from "Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen et. al." is not clear for me. I can't comprehend a few things. Here is a lemma and its proof. My questions are below. The notation ...
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### Polynomial algorithm for determining if min-cut of network is unique?

How can I come up with an algorithm, that's polynomial, to determine if a given min-cut of some network is a unique min-cut or not?
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### minimal broadcasting frame length in a CSMA/CD protocol

i'm unsure about the following question, would appreciate your assistance with it: in a CSMA/CD network with a cable length of L, and propagation speed T, with no need of repeaters(the signal is not ...
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### Flow graph that requires pushing back flow in Ford Fulkerson

Does there exist a flow graph that always requires flow to be pushed back no matter what ordering of augmenting paths is chosen in Ford Fulkerson? Let's assume we use the standard procedure of ...
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### Affects of altering a line in “stop and wait” protocol(no noises)

what will happen if we change "to_physical_layer(&s)" to "to_physical_layer(&r)" in the following code(marked in the code where)? does it make the protocol fail? if so, show a scenario it ...
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### Why CLRS example on residual networks does not follows its formula?

I am learning algorithms to solve Maximum Flow problem by reading the CLRS book and confused by the following figure: That is: A flow in a residual network provides a roadmap for adding flow to ...
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### Find optimal redistribution in flow graph

I have directed graph (maybe with cycles), and some resources in vertices (let's say gold). I can transfer gold between vertices only in direction of edges. The task is to minimize maximum value of ...
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### Finding current levels when encoding information in a channel

I am stuck with the following question: In a noised channel with a bandwidth of 4 kHz that has the signal-noise ratio of 30 decibels, if it is known that the maximal broadcasting speed is 16000 bps,...
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### Maximal number of parallel cellular calls with no adjacent cells in a hexagonal setting

Is it possible to find an optimization to the following theoretical case? Given is a cellular (phone) system with hexagonal cells, where the volume of transmission and the size of the cells are ...
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### Min-cut in a network with zero flow from source to sink

The max-flow min-cut theorem guarantees that the min-cut of a directed network equals the maximum flow. And we can compute $S$ and $T$, are disjoint subsets containing source node and sink node ...
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### optimal flow for index multiple source and destination in directed graph

I am facing the similar problem to max flow in multiple source-destination directed graph (which has a familiar solution of connecting all the sources to one source and the same for the destination, ...
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### residual graph and augmenting path in max flow

I thought I understood max flow perfectly until I got to the exam and we got this. I know how to compute a maximum flow by means of the Ford-Fulkerson algorithm, specify the residual network and ...