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

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Find shortest path that goes through at least 5 red edges

Let $G=(V,E)$ be a directed graph, $\omega : E \rightarrow R$ a weight function, and $s,t \in V$ a pair of different nodes. It's given that $G$ doesn't have a negative cycle. Moreover, 10 of its edges ...
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Shortest path with a start vertex that touches all nodes at least once with repeats allowed

I tried looking this problem up for quite a bit now, but can't seem to find a whole lot of discussion about this. At first it sounded like the TSP to me, but I don't think so (it's much harder to do I ...
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Shortest path when allowed to reverse an edge

We're given an unweighted directed graph with vertices $V$ and edges $E$. We're trying to find the shortest path from $s$ to $t$ but we're allowed to travel along up to one edge in the ...
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Shortest distance from multiple points to one point

I am looking for an algorithm to find the shortest distance from multiple nodes to one end node. For example let $v_1,v_2,\dots,v_r$ be the nodes on a graph with distance $d_1,d_2,\dots,d_r$ to the ...
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What happens if I replace $<$ with $\le$ in Dijkstra's algorithm?

The following is Dijkstra's algorithm for finding the shortest path in a graph. I know something wrong happens if I replace d[u] + weight(u,v) < d[v] with ...
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Intuition behind Floyd-Warshall being faster

I know the Floyd-Warshall, and I also clearly understand the proof of running time of $O(V^3)$ of F-W algorithm. However, consider this algorithm: Let $dp[i][j][n]$ denote the shortest path from $...
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Finding shortest path between two nodes with a set of forbidden nodes

I have undirected and unweighted graph, in which I would like to find the shortest path between two entered nodes. There is also a set of forbidden nodes. How to find the shortest path, if I am ...
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weight constrained shortest path problem variants

Given a graph $G=(V,E)$, metric spaces $\delta:E\rightarrow \mathbb{Z}^{+}$ and $w:E\rightarrow \mathbb{Z}^{+}$, terminal vertices $s,t\in V$, do there exists $s\rightarrow t$ path $P=(V_{p},E_{p})$ ...
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Behaviour of Dijkstra in Case of Negative Edge Weight [duplicate]

I came across a serious doubt regarding the implementation of the Dijkstra algorithm and hence wanted to discuss. For the given below graph What should be the Cost to reach Node G from Source Vertex ...
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Find a minimum-cost pair of arc-disjoint paths, both within a given restricted distance

Is there a polynomial algorithm that can find a pair of arc-disjoint paths in a directed graph that has a minimum total cost, subject to the condition that both paths are within the same distance. ...
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Calculate Shortest Path (Shortest Time) Through a Store in a Graph

There is an undirected graph and some of the vertices are said to be stores. Person A wants to reach to person B with a present. That means person A has to stop by one of the vertices marked as stores ...
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Find shortest path for a volatile graph

Let me define a volatile graph first: It is an undirected graph in which the weight of each edge varies every time we query it. That is, when we request the weight w(e) of edge e, we obtain an ...
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Finding simple min-weight path between two vertices in graph with negative edge weights

Given a weighted graph (negative weights are allowed) and two vertices $u$ and $v$, can we find the simple min-weight path between $u$ and $v$? There can be a negative cycle on the path from $u$ to $v$...
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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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Confirmation of alternative correctness proof for Floyd-Warshall's all-pair shortest-path algorithm

The most common proof for Floyd-Warshall's algorithm is an induction proof on the outer-most loop, which says $\delta^k(i,j)=\begin{cases} \min\{\delta^{k-1}(i,j),\delta^{k-1}(i,k)+\delta^{k-1}(k,j)\}...
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Minimizing cost of shortest paths to a group of vertices by adding minimal edges to an unconnected vertex

Let $G=(V,E)$ be directed graph, where the weights of the edges are non-negative. The graph might have cycles, but without parallel edges. Consider a $T \subset V$, and $u \notin V$. I'm trying to ...
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Floyd–Warshall algorithm on undirected graph

I am referring to the algorithm from the Wikipedia page on the Floyd–Warshall algorithm. In case of undirected graphs should I change the assignment statement inside the ...
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Shortest route through ordered points

My algorithm-fu is really weak and I do not know how to express following problem in terms of any other problem known to me: Given a small rectilinear grid and coordinates of four cells in this grid (...
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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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Travelling Problem with Constraints

Consider a network with $N$ nodes $1,...,n$. Every node is connected to every node via a weighted edge, where the weight represents distance. You start your travel at a given node, say $1$, and end ...
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How to handle negative edge weights in distance vector routing protocol with a digraph?

In a Distance Vector routing protocol each node implements a Bellman-Ford inspired algorithm that shares it's routing table (Distance Vector) with each of it's incoming links (upstream neighbors). ...
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How to construct the found path in bidirectional search

I am trying to implement bidirectional search in a graph. I am using two breadth first searches from the start node and the goal node. The states that have been checked are stored in two hash tables (...
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Recursive DP vs Graph Traversal solutions to path-based problems

I am studying some algorithms interview questions and I am seeing many path-based questions like "if a robot is at the top left of a grid and can only move down or to the right, how many paths can ...
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Given an oriented graph, return true if paths have a specified length

I'm having trouble solving this exercise about graphs, I hope you can help me: Given a graph $G = (V,E)$, two sets of vertices $A \subseteq V$ and $B \subseteq V$ (represented as arrays), and an ...
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Is there a solution for this maze problem in polynomial time?

Suppose you have a maze represented by a graph where each vertex represents a room and edges represent paths between rooms and each edge has a weight denoting the time it takes to go that way. Now ...
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Modifying Floyd–Warshall Algorithm for Vertex Weights

I was trying to modify the Floyd–Warshall's algorithm to take into account the weights over the vertices, in addition to the weight of the edges, while computing the shortest path. The length of a ...
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Shortest path tree from each vertex implies a unique MST?

Given a connected, undirected graph G, edge-weighted (positive), prove that If G has a spanning tree T which, for each vertex r in G, is a shortest path tree from r, then G has a unique MST. I know ...
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Shortest path in a graph where edges are forbidden depending on the path taken

I have a problem similar to Shortest path problem where edge weight depends on path taken but not quite the same. In my case each edge has either a fixed finite weight, or an infinite weight, ...
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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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Minimum-weight shortest-path tree

How can we compute the shortest-path tree of minimum total weight for a given connected graph? I am using Dijkstra's algorithm to find the shortest-path tree, but there may exist more than one ...
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Finding all edges on any shortest path between two nodes

Given a directed weighted graph with non-negative weights, how can I find all edges that are a part of any of the shortest paths from vertex X to Y? In the example below the yellow edges are the ...
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Shortest path from one source which goes through N edges [closed]

In my economics research I am currently dealing with a specific shortest path problem: Given a directed deterministic dynamic graph with weights on the edges, I need to find the shortest path from ...
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How to find MST for each source

Let's say I have a map with factories and selling points. I want to trace the paths from factories to the selling points with the lower possible cost. The image bellow is an example of a possible ...
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Implementation/explanation of the hub based labelling algorithm

I've found plethora of papers describing the performance advantages and basic correctness proofs of the hub-based labelling shortest path algorithm. However I'd like to implement the algorithm, 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 travelling cost if we have bunch of points in 2D plane

I got this question in an interview recently. I was given a bunch of points (for eg.- Start(88, 81), Dest(85,80), P1(19, 22), P2(31, 15), P3(27, 29), P4(30, 10), P5(20, 26), P6(5, 14)) on a 2D plane ...
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LPA* implementation keeps looping

Short story I am currently trying to implement LPA* in an existing navigation system and find the algorithm seems to loop forever, expanding the same vertices over and over again. I am wondering what ...
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Finding the most efficient paths to cover an area from multiple starting locations

I'm looking to design an algorithm for a problem I have, and was hoping there may be someone that could provide some insight on where to start. In my picture above, the grid is the area they needs to ...
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Find shortest path in undirected graph that goes through all vertices and returns to starting vertex

I have an undirected weighted graph like this one My task is to find the fastest path (with least weight) that goes from specified vertex goes through all vertices and returns to the starting vertex ...
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Consistent heuristic and A*

The following graph has consistent heuristic. An A* algorithm will alter its first guess ACD to the correct shortest path ABD... if it has consistent heuristic, doesnt it mean, that AB should be ...
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Comparing nodes in A*

Nodes in the open list in A* will be sorted by their f-cost, but if the f-cost of two nodes are equal, will their h-costs instead be compared? I'm asking because I've seen implementations where the h-...
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Balancing Steiner trees with Shortest Path trees

I'm working on a problem that combines Steiner Trees and Shortest Path trees. We have a (sparse, connected) graph $G=(V,E)$ with non-negative edge weights and edge lengths, a set of terminals $T \...
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Shortest path between 2 nodes subject to constraints

I am trying to find shortest path between 2 nodes in a graph similar to below: Each edge has a weight assigned to it. Also, the graph is directional with each edge directing from left to right. I ...
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In LPA*, how are predecessors/successors of a vertex defined?

While trying to implement LPA* (mostly based on its description in the same authors’ paper on its derivative D*Lite), I noticed it mentions predecessors and successors of a vertex without giving a ...
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The recursive solution to the all-pairs shortest-paths of Floyd-Warshall algorithm

In the Floyd-Warshall algorithm we have: Let $d_{ij}^{(k)}$ be the weight of a shortest path from vertex $i$ to $j$ for which all intermediate vertices are in the set $\{1, 2, \cdots, k\}$ then \...
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Does Floyd–Warshall work on all graphs?

Floyd–Warshall calculates minimum distance between any two vertices in the graph. ...
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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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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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Dynamic All Pairs Shortest Paths algorithm

I heard about the following problem in a competitive programming camp: Given an undirected weighted graph $G$ with one vertex initially. Suppose you are given two types of queries: Add a new vertex ...
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Is there a variant of Dijkstra’s algorithm for partial recalculation?

Suppose the following: We use Dijkstra’s algorithm to find the shortest route to our destination. The start node (current vehicle position) keeps changing, i.e. moving towards the destination along ...

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