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When solving most optimization problems on paths (e. g. shortest, longest path) a cycle is either useless or makes the optimum not exist (allowing infinitely long or short paths). Thus there's generally no point in allowing cycles.

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Let us start by observing that after the $k$-th iteration in the main loop, the Bellman-Ford algorithm has computed minimal weight paths (or the weight of such a path if we do not store the predecessors) of length at most $k$ from the starting vertex $s$ to every other vertex of our graph $G$ (if such paths exists). To prove this, we can use induction: ...

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The MST indeed adresses conditions 1 and 3 but not conditions 2. The solution of the global problem (as shown by your example) is not the MST but still a tree. Let's call $T$ the solution for the input graph $G$. Let's also call $T_i$ the solution for the problem $G_i$ which is the subgraph of $G$ containing vertices with range index lower or equal to $i$ (I ...

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My current strategy is: first enumerate all elementary cycles. I use the hawick algorithm which is already implemented in the c++ boost library. sum all the weights of edges in each cycle and then check if the sum is negative.

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As indicated by the comments, this is a minimum spanning tree problem, which can be solved efficiently by Edmonds' algorithm (or Chu–Liu/Edmonds' algorithm).

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