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Babenko, Maxim ; Artamonov, Stepan

Faster Algorithms for Half-Integral T-Path Packing

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Let G = (V, E) be an undirected graph, a subset of vertices T be a set of terminals. Then a natural combinatorial problem consists in finding the maximum number of vertex-disjoint paths connecting distinct terminals. For this problem, a clever construction suggested by Gallai reduces it to computing a maximum non-bipartite matching and thus gives an O(mn^1/2 log(n^2/m)/log(n))-time algorithm (hereinafter n := |V|, m := |E|).

Now let us consider the fractional relaxation, i.e. allow T-path packings with arbitrary nonnegative real weights. It is known that there always exists a half-integral solution, that is, one only needs to assign weights 0, 1/2, 1 to maximize the total weight of T-paths. It is also known that an optimum half-integral packing can be found in strongly-polynomial time but the actual time bounds are far from being satisfactory.

In this paper we present a novel algorithm that solves the half-integral problem within O(mn^1/2 log(n^2/m)/log(n)) time, thus matching the complexities of integral and half-integral versions.

BibTeX - Entry

  author =	{Maxim Babenko and Stepan Artamonov},
  title =	{{Faster Algorithms for Half-Integral T-Path Packing}},
  booktitle =	{28th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2017)},
  pages =	{8:1--8:12},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-054-5},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2017},
  volume =	{92},
  editor =	{Yoshio Okamoto and Takeshi Tokuyama},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-82750},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2017.8},
  annote =	{Keywords: graph algorithms, multiflows, path packings, matchings}

Keywords: graph algorithms, multiflows, path packings, matchings
Collection: 28th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2017)
Issue Date: 2017
Date of publication: 07.12.2017

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