Questions tagged [shortest-path]

Questions about the algorithmic problems of finding shortest paths between nodes in a graph.

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When is bidirectional search unusable?

Is there any situation that bidirectional search on a graph is not applicable? for example is there any classes of graph that we can only use ordinary Dijkstra's algorithm, and can not use its ...
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calculating a shortest path in a table structure that changes in real time

I have a table that looks like this In table NPC - are AI like characters that move from one point to another. Player - a character that is controlled by the user. In any moment the player ...
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Given complete graph, find optimal path with two costs on each edge

We are given complete graph, such that each edge has two costs $a \text{ and } b$. We should find path that passes through each node once and has minimum total cost. Cost of a path is the maximum of ...
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Shortest path in a incomplete graph

I know the Dijkstra algorithm to solve the "single source shortest path" problem in a graph. And I've seen people discuss solutions in a dynamic graph where edge/vertices are subject to change. ...
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Why can't DFS be used to find shortest paths in unweighted graphs?

I understand that using DFS "as is" will not find a shortest path in an unweighted graph. But why is tweaking DFS to allow it to find shortest paths in unweighted graphs such a hopeless prospect? ...
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Best way for brute force search of all possible paths in Sparse Matrix

I am listing all possible paths from a biograph object with 67 nodes and 166 edges. The exchange Matlab function that I am using which lists all possible paths hang after 50 nodes. Any suggestion on ...
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Single-source shortest paths with even weight

I need help to find an algorithm that calculates the single-source shortest paths in a graph, with an extra condition that the weight of the path has to be even. In another words, we have to find the ...
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Single source shortest paths with even path [duplicate]

Given directed graph with non negative weights and vertex s. I need an algorithm that finds shortest paths from s to all vertices and the paths have to be even.
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Shortest path for vehicle routing problem with alternative locations

I'm currently developing an algorithm that solves the vehicle routing problem with time windows and the possibility for clients to be delivered to multiple locations. Right now, I'm trying to find ...
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Proof that shortest path with negative cycles is NP hard

I'm looking into the shortest path problem and am wondering how to prove that shortest path with neg. cycles is NP-hard. (Or is it NPC? Is there a way to validate in P time that the path really is ...
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Shortest Path in Layerwise Complete Graph

Consider a directed $k$ partite graph $G$ with a source node $s$ and a sink node $t$. Each vertex in the graph is labeled with a positive integer value. Both the source and sink are labeled with $0$. ...
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Can the shortest path problem be solved using Monte Carlo Tree Search?

I think Monte Carlo Tree Search could be used to find the shortest path, but it seems that this method is only used considering win/lose outcomes in the simulation step. If we consider the path ...
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Shortest path between any origin to any destination through some way stations

How can one find the shortest path between any one of the origins to any one of the destinations through a number of way stations on the way using Dijkstra algorithm? You can visit those way stations ...
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Confused in calculating the shortest-path using Dijkstra's Algorithm [closed]

I am required to find the shortest path using Dijkstra's Algorithm. After performing the calculations, am I getting the following values correct?: ...
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I was learning about breadth first search and a question came in my mind that why BFS is called so. In the book Introduction to Algorithms by CLRS, I read the following reason for this: Breadth-...
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Shortest path with a given condition

The problem says to find the shortest way (the smallest amount of intermediary points), with given source and destination points, such that between two consecutive intermediary points there are two ...
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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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Minimum distance of nodes from a set of two nodes

In an unweighted tree, suppose that we want to delete (or mark) any node which is closer to node $v$ than node $w$ ($dist(x,v) < dist(x,w)$). The solution that comes to my mind is running two BFS, ...
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Using the decision problem, PATH in order to solve the optimization problem, SHORTEST-PATH in polynomial time

So, if I were using a black-box decision algorithm, PATH in which I could say, "does a path of weight k exist in this graph from ...
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Bellman-Ford - is number of interations greater than diameter?

Diameter of a connected, undirected graph is the smallest natural number d, so that between any two vertices of the graph exist path of length at most d. Prove or disprove: in Bellman-Ford is ...
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Is the number of shortest paths between every two vertices at most 4*n^3?

In every weighted graph with $n$-vertices with negative weights, with $n > 10$, a weight can't appear $n$-times in graph, there are between every two vertices at most $4n^3$ shortest paths. I'm ...
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Finding negative cycle using Bellman Ford

Given a graph with |V| vertexes and |E| edges, I have to find a negative cycle, if there is one, in a graph. The wanted complexity is O(|V|*|E|). I was thinking about using Bellman-Ford to solve the ...
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shortest path tree algorithm

Suppose we are given a directed weighted graph $G=(V,E)$, a source vertex $s$ and the value of the cheapest path $\delta(s,v)$ for every $v \in V$. I want to find an algorithm for the shortest path ...
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Hitting probability of random walk within given number of steps

Given m,n dimensions of a 2D matrix; (i,j) initial co-ordinates; (x,y) final co-ordinates. What is the probability of being at (x,y) after at most k steps if we start from (i,j) initially? We can ...
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Path between two vertices in directed graph without cyclic vertices

I have been searching online for some time but I have not found an answer. Is there a polynomial time algorithm to find a path in directed graph between two vertices so that within the path no cyclic ...
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Check whether a directed, rooted spanning tree is actually some shortest-paths tree in $O(V + E)$ time

Given a directed graph $G = (V, E)$, with all edge weights being non-negative, someone has written a program that he/she claims implements Dijkstra's algorithm. For a fixed starting vertex $s$, the ...
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Implementation of multiple sink shortest pair of disjoint paths problem for multigraphs

I would like to implement the shortest pairs of edge-disjoint paths of Suurballe and Tarjan for multigraphs in the interpretation of Banerjee et al. (http://web.cs.iastate.edu/~pavan/papers/short.pdf, ...
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How to deal with cost variation in a dynamic graph when applying Dijkstra

What are the methods to deal with variations in cost in a dynamic graph when applying Dijkstra? For instance, I select the shortest path in a graph, however, the weight of this path changed after I ...
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Find a path that contains specific nodes without back and forward edges

I have a directed graph and and a set of nodes(set = [1,2,5,9,24...]). I want to find a path that contains all the set of nodes and this path dont contain back edges(cycles) and forward edges. For ...
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Djikstra's algorithm to compute shortest paths using at least k edges

I have a graph G = (V, E) where each edge is bidirectional with positive weight. I want to find the shortest path from vertex s ...
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Multiple Source Shortest Paths in a weighted graph

In an unweighted graph, we can find Multiple Source Shortest Paths using the Breadth-First Search algorithm by setting the distance of all starting vertices to zero and pushing them into the queue at ...
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Minimal paths as solution of a linear program of a special network flow

Let $G= (V,E)$ be a given directed weighted graph, and $s,t$ two specified nodes, so that there is no negative cycle reachable from $s$, and $t$ is reachable from $s$. We're looking for the shortest ...
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Finding a negative cycle in a bipartite graph

The Bellman-Ford algorithm can be used to find a negative cycle in a general graph, in time $O(|V||E|)$. Is there a faster algorithm for finding a negative cycle in a bipartite directed graph, where ...