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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2OPT Approximation Algorithm for Multiway Cut Problem

In the multiway cut problem, the input is an undirected graph $G= (V, E)$ and set of terminal nodes $s_1, s_2,\ldots s_k$ are in $V$. The goal is to find a minimum set of edges in $E$ whose removal ...
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Finding negative cycles for cycle-canceling algorithm

I am implementing the cycle-canceling algorithm to find an optimal solution for the min-cost flow problem. By finding and removing negative cost cycles in the residual network, the total cost is ...
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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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Maximum Independent Set of a Bipartite Graph

I'm trying to find the Maximum Independent Set of a Biparite Graph. I found the following in some notes "May 13, 1998 - University of Washington - CSE 521 - Applications of network flow": Problem: ...
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Reason for global update steps in the push-relabel algorithm

I know why and how the push relabel algorithm works for solving the max-flow problem. But why is a global update step required?
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CLRS - Maxflow Augmented Flow Lemma 26.1 - don't understand use of def. in proof

In Cormen et. al., Introduction to Algorithms (3rd ed.), I don't get a line in the proof of Lemma 26.1 which states that the augmented flow $f\uparrow f'$ is a flow in $G$ and is s.t. $|f\uparrow f'| ...
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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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Reducing minimum vertex cover in a bipartite graph to maximum flow

Is it possible to show that the minimum vertex cover in a bipartite graph can be reduced to a maximum flow problem? Or to the minimum cut problem (then follow max-flow min-cut theorem, the claim holds)...
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Finding the maximum bandwidth along a single path in a network

I am trying to search for an algorithm that can tell me which node has the highest download (or upload) capacity given a weighted directed graph, where weights correspond to individual link bandwidths....

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