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### How do the state-of-the-art pathfinding algorithms for changing graphs (D*, D*-Lite, LPA*, etc) differ?

A lot of pathfinding algorithms have been developed in recent years which can calculate the best path in response to graph changes much faster than A* - what are they, and how do they differ? Are ...
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### Combinatorics of Bellman-Ford or how to make cyclic graphs acyclic?

Roughly speaking, my question is: How costly is to make a cyclic graph acyclic while preserving all simple $s$-$t$ paths? Let $K_n$ be a complete undirected graph on vertices $\{0,1,\ldots,n+1\}$. (...
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### Axioms for Shortest Paths

Suppose we have an undirected weighted graph $G = (V, E, w)$ (with non-negative weights). Let us assume that all shortest paths in $G$ are unique. Suppose we have these $\binom{n}{2}$ paths (sequences ...
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### Lower bounds on single-source shortest paths in directed graphs

Are there any non-trivial lower bounds on the complexity of single-source shortest paths (SSSP) in a directed graph, where all edges have non-negative edge weights? Can we rule out the possibility of ...
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### Finding k shortest Paths with Eppstein's Algorithm

I'm trying to figure out how the Path Graph $P(G)$ according to Eppstein's Algorithm in this paper works and how I can reconstruct the $k$ shortest paths from $s$ to $t$ with the corresponding heap ...
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### Finding the shortest path in the presence of negative cycles

Given a directed cyclic graph where the weight of each edge may be negative the concept of a "shortest path" only makes sense if there are no negative cycles, and in that case you can apply the ...
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### Graph classes for which the diameter can be computed in linear time

Recall the diameter of a graph $G$ is the length of a longest shortest path in $G$. Given a graph, an obvious algorithm for computing $\text{diam}(G)$ solves the all-pairs shortest path problem (APSP) ...
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### Subgraph containing all nodes and edges that are part of length-limited simple s-t paths in an undirected graph

Quite similar to my previously posted question. This time however, the graph is undirected. Given An undirected graph $G$ with no multiple-edges or loops, A source vertex $s$, A target vertex $t$, ...
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### Finding the two shortest paths while minimizing the number of nearby/common edges

The shortest path problem between 2 arbitrary nodes is one that has been covered extensively and the solution is well-known. Consider the edge costs to be arbitrary. Consider the following variant: ...
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### Max Sum Product Multi-objective Shortest path problem

Is anything known about the following problem: I am given a graph. Each edge is labelled by a vector of numbers, called weights. They are numbers between 0 and 1. A path is first assigned a vector, ...
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### Why is label pruning possible with hub labeling?

Hub labeling (HL) computes superlabels using the vertices visited by the forward and reverse Contraction Hierarchies (CH) search. Those labels are then pruned (see HL, sec. 4.2) to generate strict ...
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