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# Min-sum 2-paths problems

Fenner, Trevor and Lachish, Oded and Popa, A. (2016) Min-sum 2-paths problems. Theory of Computing Systems 58 (1), pp. 94-110. ISSN 1432-4350.  Preview
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## Abstract

An orientation of an undirected graph G is a directed graph obtained by replacing each edge {u,v} of G by exactly one of the arcs (u,v) or (v,u). In the min-sum k -paths orientation problem, the input is an undirected graph G and ordered pairs (s i ,t i ), where i∈{1,2,…,k}. The goal is to find an orientation of G that minimizes the sum over all i∈{1,2,…,k} of the distance from s i to t i . In the min-sum k edge-disjoint paths problem, the input is the same, however the goal is to find for every i∈{1,2,…,k} a path between s i and t i so that these paths are edge-disjoint and the sum of their lengths is minimum. Note that, for every fixed k≥2, the question of N P-hardness for the min-sum k-paths orientation problem and for the min-sum k edge-disjoint paths problem has been open for more than two decades. We study the complexity of these problems when k=2. We exhibit a PTAS for the min-sum 2-paths orientation problem. A by-product of this PTAS is a reduction from the min-sum 2-paths orientation problem to the min-sum 2 edge-disjoint paths problem. The implications of this reduction are: (i) an NP-hardness proof for the min-sum 2-paths orientation problem yields an NP-hardness proof for the min-sum 2 edge-disjoint paths problem, and (ii) any approximation algorithm for the min-sum 2 edge-disjoint paths problem can be used to construct an approximation algorithm for the min-sum 2-paths orientation problem with the same approximation guarantee and only an additive polynomial increase in the running time.

Item Type: Article The final publication is available at Springer via the link above. Graph, Algorithms, Paths, Orientation, Min-sum School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Computer Science and Information Systems Oded Lachish 25 May 2016 13:35 11 Jun 2021 12:33 https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/15295

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