# Questions tagged [shortest-path]

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

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### Retrieving the shortest path of a dynamic graph

I'm studying shortest paths in directed graphs currently. There are many efficient algorithms for finding the shortest path in a network, like dijkstra's or bellman-ford's. But what if the graph is ...
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### Finding the k-shortest path between two nodes

Given a weighted digraph $G=V,E$, and a weight function, $d(u,v)$, one can normally use Dijkstra's algorithm to obtain the shortest path. What I am interested in, is how to obtain the $2^{nd}$-...
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### Why does Dijkstra's algorithm fail on a negative weighted graphs? [duplicate]

I know this is probably very basic, I just can't wrap my head around it. We recently studied about Dijkstra's algorithm for finding the shortest path between two vertices on a weighted graph. My ...
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### Is there an algorithm to find all the shortest paths between two nodes?

Given a directed graph, Dijkstra or Bellman-Ford can tell you the shortest path between two nodes. What if there are two (or n) paths that are shortest, is there an algorithm that will tell you all ...
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### Dijkstra's algorithm to compute shortest paths using k edges?

I am aware of using Bellman-Ford on a graph $G=(V,E)$ with no negative cycles to find the single-source single-destination shortest paths from source $s$ to target $t$ (both in $V$) using at most $k$ ...
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### Why can't we find shortest paths with negative weights by just adding a constant so that all weights are positive?

I'm currently reading introduction to algorithms and came by Johnson’s algorithm that depends on making sure that all paths are positive. the algo depends on finding a new weight function (w') that ...
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### Minimum distance between start and end by going through must visit points in a maze

So, suppose i have a maze, which has a start point and an end point, marked with Orange and red respectively and my goal is to find the minimum distance between them. The blocked path is represented ...
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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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### Example of graph with exponential many s-t minpaths and min cuts

I am trying to find a graph in which both s-t minpaths and min cuts are exponential. Individually I found examples in which s-t minpaths and s-t min cuts are exponential. Can some one provide me an ...
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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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### Chess Knight minimum moves to destination on an infinite board

There are tones of solutions for Knights tour or shortest path for Knights movement from source cell to destination cell. most of the solutions are using BFS which seems the best algorithm. Here is ...
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### Minimum spanning tree vs Shortest path

What is the difference between minimum spanning tree algorithm and a shortest path algorithm? In my data structures class we covered two minimum spanning tree algorithms (Prim's and Kruskal's) and ...
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### Getting negative cycle using Bellman Ford

I have to find a negative cycle in a directed weighted graph. I know how the Bellman Ford algorithm works, and that it tells me if there is a reachable negative cycle. But it does not explicitly name ...
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### Shortest non intersecting path for a graph embedded in a euclidean plane (2D)

What algorithm would you use to find the shortest path of a graph, which is embedded in an euclidean plane, such that the path should not contain any self-intersections (in the embedding)? For ...
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### Modifying Dijkstra's algorithm for edge weights drawn from range $[1,…,K]$

Suppose I have a directed graph with edge weights drawn from range $[1,\dots, K]$ where $K$ is constant. If I'm trying to find the shortest path using Dijkstra's algorithm, how can I modify the ...
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### How many shortest distances change when adding an edge to a graph?

Let $G=(V,E)$ be some complete, weighted, undirected graph. We construct a second graph $G'=(V, E')$ by adding edges one by one from $E$ to $E'$. We add $\Theta(|V|)$ edges to $G'$ in ...
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### Efficiently sampling shortest $s$-$t$ paths uniformly and independently at random

Let $G$ be a graph, and let $s$ and $t$ be two vertices of $G$. Can we efficiently sample a shortest $s$-$t$ path uniformly and independently at random from the set of all shortest paths between $s$ ...
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### Finding shortest paths in undirected graphs with possibly negative edge weights

The book "Algorithms" by Robert Sedgewick and Kevin Wayne hinted that (see the quote below) there are efficient algorithms for finding shortest paths in undirected graphs with possibly negative edge ...
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### Optimal algorithm to traverse all paths in the order of shortest path

I have to generate all possible paths in a directed, acyclic weighted graph with edge costs. I also have to sort them in order of shortest path. The simplest way that comes to mind is to do a depth-...
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### Given all pairs shortest paths matrix, find graph with minimum total sum of edges

I was looking at some problems about graphs, and I got stuck on this one. Namely, we have given matrix of size $N \cdot N$ representing the length of the shortest path in undirected graph between some ...
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### Finding paths with smallest maximum edge weight

I need to find the easiest cost path between two vertices of a graph. Easiest here means the path with the smallest maximum-weigth edge. In the above graph, the easiest path from 1 to 2 is: ...
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### What are the conditions that make the A* algorithm optimal over the other unidirectional search algorithms

I was wondering as what are the specific conditions which make the A* algorithm - optimal in terms of the node expansion over the other Unidirectional algorithms: When the same heuristic ...
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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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### Dijkstra’s versus Lowest-cost-first (best first), resolving some contradictions regarding complexity analysis

Our professor took three statements from various textbooks that seem to be a little contradictory regarding the complexity analysis of Dijkstra’s algorithm as well as the lowest-cost-first or best ...
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### Modification of Dijkstra's algorithm

How to modify Dijkstra's algorithm, for wheel chair users, to take into account the road quality? There are three levels of quality: $1$ for pure concrete, $2$ for partly concrete and $3$ for rough ...
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### Shortest Path on an Undirected Graph?

So I thought this (though somewhat basic) question belonged here: Say I have a graph of size 100 nodes arrayed in a 10x10 pattern (think chessboard). The graph is undirected, and unweighted. Moving ...
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### Shortest path with exactly $k$ edges

From Skiena's book The Algorithm Design Manual, chapter 6, problem 22: Let $G = (V,E,w)$ be a directed weighted graph such that all the weights are positive. Let $v$ and $u$ be two vertices in $G$ ...
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### Dijkstra's algorithm for edge weights in range 0, …, W

Suppose I want to run Dijkstra's algorithm on a graph whose edge weights are integers in the range 0, ..., W, where W is a relatively small number. How can I modify that algorithm so that it takes ...
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### Does the A* algorithm visit every node?

I have been taught that the A* algorithm visits every node on the graph, like Dijkstra's does, prioritising nodes with the smallest cost. However, visualisations of the algorithm, such as this one, ...
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### Shortest path from that passes through a set of edges once

Given a graph with weighted edges. How to find the shortest path from vertex $A$ to vertex $B$ that passes through a set of edges $X$ at most once? $X$ can be big. Slow solution: Finding shortest ...
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### IP algorithm for finding path in graph

Suppose for each positive integer $N$, we have a graph $G_N$ with $N$ vertices labelled $1$ to $N$ (so $\log N$ bits are required to specify a vertex). Suppose we have a PSPACE algorithm to determine ...
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### Shortest directed path connecting given subset of vertices

Given weighted directed graph $G = (V,E,w)$, where $w : E \to \mathbb R^+$ source vertex $v \in V$ vertex subset $U \subset V$ how to find a shortest directed path from $v$ containing all vertices ...
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### Computing the k shortest edge-disjoint paths on a weighted graph

Looking for k shortest paths that do not share edges. i.e if the paths were represented as sets of edges, their intersection has to be empty. We could use Dijkstra to find the 1st "disjoint" (edge ...
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### Finding all paths with lengths in a fixed interval in sparse graphs

What is the most efficient way to find all paths of length M to N in a large sparse graph? Some general information: Graph has 30,000 to 50,000 nodes Average number of edges per node ~ 10 M=4, N=7 ...
Is there an efficient algorithm which computes the (possibly approximately) shortest $n$-edge path between two points $A$ and $B$ in a weighted complete graph? Dijkstra won't work because it will just ...