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An O(n^2 log^2 n) Time Algorithm for Minmax Regret Minsum Sink on Path Networks

Authors Binay Bhattacharya, Yuya Higashikawa, Tsunehiko Kameda, Naoki Katoh



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Binay Bhattacharya
  • School of Computing Science, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada
Yuya Higashikawa
  • School of Business Administration, University of Hyogo, Kobe, Japan
Tsunehiko Kameda
  • School of Computing Science, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada
Naoki Katoh
  • School of Science and Technology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Sanda, Japan

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Binay Bhattacharya, Yuya Higashikawa, Tsunehiko Kameda, and Naoki Katoh. An O(n^2 log^2 n) Time Algorithm for Minmax Regret Minsum Sink on Path Networks. In 29th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2018). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 123, pp. 14:1-14:13, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2018)
https://doi.org/10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2018.14

Abstract

We model evacuation in emergency situations by dynamic flow in a network. We want to minimize the aggregate evacuation time to an evacuation center (called a sink) on a path network with uniform edge capacities. The evacuees are initially located at the vertices, but their precise numbers are unknown, and are given by upper and lower bounds. Under this assumption, we compute a sink location that minimizes the maximum "regret." We present the first sub-cubic time algorithm in n to solve this problem, where n is the number of vertices. Although we cast our problem as evacuation, our result is accurate if the "evacuees" are fluid-like continuous material, but is a good approximation for discrete evacuees.

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  • Networks → Network algorithms
  • Mathematics of computing → Graph algorithms
  • Applied computing → Transportation
Keywords
  • Facility location
  • minsum sink
  • evacuation problem
  • minmax regret
  • dynamic flow path network

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