IEOR 6614, Spring 2006 : Homework

Assigned: Thursday, April 6, 2006
Due: Wednesday, April 12, 2006

General Instructions

  1. Please review the course information.
  2. You must write down with whom you worked on the assignment. If this changes from problem to problem, then you should write down this information separately with each problem.
  3. Numbered problems are all from the textbook Network Flows .


  1. Problem 10.2. Augmenting along shortest paths
  2. Problem 10.6. Flow decomposition.
  3. Problem 10.20. Capacity adjacent minimum-cost flow problems.
  4. Problem 10.22. Bit-scaling version of capacity scaling.
  5. Suppose that given an n-node, m-edge graph G, you could find the most negative simple cycle in T(n,m) time. Analyze the algorithm where you push flow around the most negative cycle in the residual graph. You should state your time bounds in terms of T(n,m).
  6. Although finding the most negative cycle is NP-hard, the following problem is solvable in polynomial time (via matching). Given a graph G, a cycle cover is a set of node disjoint cycles, such that each node is in at most one cycle. The minimum cycle cover is the cycle cover of minimum cost. Analyze the minimum cost flow algorithm in which you repeatedly find a minimumc cycle cover in the residual graph and then push flow around eachcycle in the cycle cover. You can assume that you can find a cycle cover in O(n3) time.

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