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On Center Cycles in Grid Graphs

  • Finding "good" cycles in graphs is a problem of great interest in graph theory as well as in locational analysis. We show that the center and median problems are NP hard in general graphs. This result holds both for the variable cardinality case (i.e. all cycles of the graph are considered) and the fixed cardinality case (i.e. only cycles with a given cardinality p are feasible). Hence it is of interest to investigate special cases where the problem is solvable in polynomial time. In grid graphs, the variable cardinality case is, for instance, trivially solvable if the shape of the cycle can be chosen freely. If the shape is fixed to be a rectangle one can analyse rectangles in grid graphs with, in sequence, fixed dimension, fixed cardinality, and variable cardinality. In all cases a com plete characterization of the optimal cycles and closed form expressions of the optimal objective values are given, yielding polynomial time algorithms for all cases of center rectangle problems. Finally, it is shown that center cycles can be chosen as rectangles for small cardinalities such that the center cycle problem in grid graphs is in these cases completely solved.

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Author:Horst W. Hamacher, Anita Schöbel
URN (permanent link):urn:nbn:de:hbz:386-kluedo-8095
Serie (Series number):Berichte des Fraunhofer-Instituts für Techno- und Wirtschaftsmathematik (ITWM Report) (11)
Document Type:Preprint
Language of publication:English
Year of Completion:1998
Year of Publication:1998
Publishing Institute:Fraunhofer-Institut für Techno- und Wirtschaftsmathematik
Date of the Publication (Server):1999/09/17
Tag:Grid Graphs; center and median problems; locational analysis; variable cardinality case
The work of both authors was partially supported by a grant of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Faculties / Organisational entities:Fraunhofer (ITWM)
DDC-Cassification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 510 Mathematik
Licence (German):Standard gemäß KLUEDO-Leitlinien vor dem 27.05.2011