Steiner diagrams and $k$-star hubs

U. Blasum, W. Hochstättler, P. Oertel, G.J. Woeginger

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In this paper, two problems derived from reload problems in transport logistics are introduced and studied. Given a transitive digraph G=(V,A,w) with nonnegative arc weights (the transport network) and a set of directed node pairs B (the demand), the objective of the Steiner Diagram Problem is to find an acyclic set of arcs S of minimum cost that contains a directed path for each pair in B. This problem is -complete in the general case and has some interesting structural properties that make it polynomially solvable if the size of B is bounded by a constant, the triangle inequality holds in A and A is transitively closed. A special case of this problem is a weighted edge cover problem with k cost functions on the vertices. It is shown that this problem is -complete for k3. An efficient algorithm for the case k=2 is given.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)622-634
JournalJournal of Discrete Algorithms
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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