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Wed, 19 Jun 2013 08:27:31 +0200Wed, 19 Jun 2013 08:27:31 +0200On the Generality of the Greedy Algorithm for Solving Matroid Base Problems
https://kluedo.ub.uni-kl.de/frontdoor/index/index/docId/3535
It is well known that the greedy algorithm solves matroid base problems for all linear cost functions and is, in fact, correct if and only if the underlying combinatorial structure of the problem is a matroid. Moreover, the algorithm can be applied to problems with sum, bottleneck, algebraic sum or \(k\)-sum objective functions. Lara Turner; Matthias Ehrgott; Horst W. Hamacherpreprinthttps://kluedo.ub.uni-kl.de/frontdoor/index/index/docId/3535Wed, 19 Jun 2013 08:27:31 +0200Universal Shortest Paths
https://kluedo.ub.uni-kl.de/frontdoor/index/index/docId/2230
We introduce the universal shortest path problem (Univ-SPP) which generalizes both - classical and new - shortest path problems. Starting with the definition of the even more general universal combinatorial optimization problem (Univ-COP), we show that a variety of objective functions for general combinatorial problems can be modeled if all feasible solutions have the same cardinality. Since this assumption is, in general, not satisfied when considering shortest paths, we give two alternative definitions for Univ-SPP, one based on a sequence of cardinality contrained subproblems, the other using an auxiliary construction to establish uniform length for all paths between source and sink. Both alternatives are shown to be (strongly) NP-hard and they can be formulated as quadratic integer or mixed integer linear programs. On graphs with specific assumptions on edge costs and path lengths, the second version of Univ-SPP can be solved as classical sum shortest path problem.Lara Turner; Horst W. Hamacherpreprinthttps://kluedo.ub.uni-kl.de/frontdoor/index/index/docId/2230Mon, 16 Aug 2010 11:00:30 +0200