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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 265, 21st International Symposium on Experimental Algorithms (SEA 2023)

In the Directed Feedback Vertex Set (DFVS) problem, one is given a directed graph G = (V,E) and wants to find a minimum cardinality set S ⊆ V such that G-S is acyclic. DFVS is a fundamental problem in computer science and finds applications in areas such as deadlock detection. The problem was the subject of the 2022 PACE coding challenge. We develop a novel exact algorithm for the problem that is tailored to perform well on instances that are mostly bi-directed. For such instances, we adapt techniques from the well-researched vertex cover problem. Our core idea is an iterative reduction to vertex cover. To this end, we also develop a new reduction rule that reduces the number of not bi-directed edges. With the resulting algorithm, we were able to win third place in the exact track of the PACE challenge. We perform computational experiments and compare the running time to other exact algorithms, in particular to the winning algorithm in PACE. Our experiments show that we outpace the other algorithms on instances that have a low density of uni-directed edges.

Sebastian Angrick, Ben Bals, Katrin Casel, Sarel Cohen, Tobias Friedrich, Niko Hastrich, Theresa Hradilak, Davis Issac, Otto Kißig, Jonas Schmidt, and Leo Wendt. Solving Directed Feedback Vertex Set by Iterative Reduction to Vertex Cover. In 21st International Symposium on Experimental Algorithms (SEA 2023). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 265, pp. 10:1-10:14, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2023)

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@InProceedings{angrick_et_al:LIPIcs.SEA.2023.10, author = {Angrick, Sebastian and Bals, Ben and Casel, Katrin and Cohen, Sarel and Friedrich, Tobias and Hastrich, Niko and Hradilak, Theresa and Issac, Davis and Ki{\ss}ig, Otto and Schmidt, Jonas and Wendt, Leo}, title = {{Solving Directed Feedback Vertex Set by Iterative Reduction to Vertex Cover}}, booktitle = {21st International Symposium on Experimental Algorithms (SEA 2023)}, pages = {10:1--10:14}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-279-2}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2023}, volume = {265}, editor = {Georgiadis, Loukas}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.SEA.2023.10}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-183602}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.SEA.2023.10}, annote = {Keywords: directed feedback vertex set, vertex cover, reduction rules} }

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Track A: Algorithms, Complexity and Games

**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 261, 50th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2023)

We study the problem of estimating the ST-diameter of a graph that is subject to a bounded number of edge failures. An f-edge fault-tolerant ST-diameter oracle (f-FDO-ST) is a data structure that preprocesses a given graph G, two sets of vertices S,T, and positive integer f. When queried with a set F of at most f edges, the oracle returns an estimate D̂ of the ST-diameter diam(G-F,S,T), the maximum distance between vertices in S and T in G-F. The oracle has stretch σ ⩾ 1 if diam(G-F,S,T) ⩽ D̂ ⩽ σ diam(G-F,S,T). If S and T both contain all vertices, the data structure is called an f-edge fault-tolerant diameter oracle (f-FDO). An f-edge fault-tolerant distance sensitivity oracles (f-DSO) estimates the pairwise graph distances under up to f failures.
We design new f-FDOs and f-FDO-STs by reducing their construction to that of all-pairs and single-source f-DSOs. We obtain several new tradeoffs between the size of the data structure, stretch guarantee, query and preprocessing times for diameter oracles by combining our black-box reductions with known results from the literature.
We also provide an information-theoretic lower bound on the space requirement of approximate f-FDOs. We show that there exists a family of graphs for which any f-FDO with sensitivity f ⩾ 2 and stretch less than 5/3 requires Ω(n^{3/2}) bits of space, regardless of the query time.

Davide Bilò, Keerti Choudhary, Sarel Cohen, Tobias Friedrich, Simon Krogmann, and Martin Schirneck. Fault-Tolerant ST-Diameter Oracles. In 50th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2023). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 261, pp. 24:1-24:20, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2023)

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@InProceedings{bilo_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2023.24, author = {Bil\`{o}, Davide and Choudhary, Keerti and Cohen, Sarel and Friedrich, Tobias and Krogmann, Simon and Schirneck, Martin}, title = {{Fault-Tolerant ST-Diameter Oracles}}, booktitle = {50th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2023)}, pages = {24:1--24:20}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-278-5}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2023}, volume = {261}, editor = {Etessami, Kousha and Feige, Uriel and Puppis, Gabriele}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2023.24}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-180762}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2023.24}, annote = {Keywords: diameter oracles, distance sensitivity oracles, space lower bounds, fault-tolerant data structures} }

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PACE Solver Description

**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 249, 17th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2022)

In this document we describe the techniques we used and implemented for our submission to the Parameterized Algorithms and Computational Experiments Challenge (PACE) 2022. The given problem is Directed Feedback Vertex Set (DFVS), where one is given a directed graph G = (V,E) and wants to find a minimum S ⊆ V such that G-S is acyclic. We approach this problem by first exhaustively applying a set of reduction rules. In order to find a minimum DFVS on the remaining instance, we create and solve a series of Vertex Cover instances.

Sebastian Angrick, Ben Bals, Katrin Casel, Sarel Cohen, Tobias Friedrich, Niko Hastrich, Theresa Hradilak, Davis Issac, Otto Kißig, Jonas Schmidt, and Leo Wendt. PACE Solver Description: Mount Doom - An Exact Solver for Directed Feedback Vertex Set. In 17th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 249, pp. 28:1-28:4, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)

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@InProceedings{angrick_et_al:LIPIcs.IPEC.2022.28, author = {Angrick, Sebastian and Bals, Ben and Casel, Katrin and Cohen, Sarel and Friedrich, Tobias and Hastrich, Niko and Hradilak, Theresa and Issac, Davis and Ki{\ss}ig, Otto and Schmidt, Jonas and Wendt, Leo}, title = {{PACE Solver Description: Mount Doom - An Exact Solver for Directed Feedback Vertex Set}}, booktitle = {17th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2022)}, pages = {28:1--28:4}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-260-0}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2022}, volume = {249}, editor = {Dell, Holger and Nederlof, Jesper}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2022.28}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-173847}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2022.28}, annote = {Keywords: directed feedback vertex set, vertex cover, reduction rules} }

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Track A: Algorithms, Complexity and Games

**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 229, 49th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2022)

We construct data structures for extremal and pairwise distances in directed graphs in the presence of transient edge failures. Henzinger et al. [ITCS 2017] initiated the study of fault-tolerant (sensitivity) oracles for the diameter and vertex eccentricities. We extend this with a special focus on space efficiency. We present several new data structures, among them the first fault-tolerant eccentricity oracle for dual failures in subcubic space. We further prove lower bounds that show limits to approximation vs. space and diameter vs. space trade-offs for fault-tolerant oracles. They highlight key differences between data structures for undirected and directed graphs.
Initially, our oracles are randomized leaning on a sampling technique frequently used in sensitivity analysis. Building on the work of Alon, Chechik, and Cohen [ICALP 2019] as well as Karthik and Parter [SODA 2021], we develop a hierarchical framework to derandomize fault-tolerant data structures. We first apply it to our own diameter and eccentricity oracles and then show its versatility by derandomizing algorithms from the literature: the distance sensitivity oracle of Ren [JCSS 2022] and the Single-Source Replacement Path algorithm of Chechik and Magen [ICALP 2020]. This way, we obtain the first deterministic distance sensitivity oracle with subcubic preprocessing time.

Davide Bilò, Keerti Choudhary, Sarel Cohen, Tobias Friedrich, and Martin Schirneck. Deterministic Sensitivity Oracles for Diameter, Eccentricities and All Pairs Distances. In 49th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 229, pp. 22:1-22:19, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)

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@InProceedings{bilo_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2022.22, author = {Bil\`{o}, Davide and Choudhary, Keerti and Cohen, Sarel and Friedrich, Tobias and Schirneck, Martin}, title = {{Deterministic Sensitivity Oracles for Diameter, Eccentricities and All Pairs Distances}}, booktitle = {49th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2022)}, pages = {22:1--22:19}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-235-8}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2022}, volume = {229}, editor = {Boja\'{n}czyk, Miko{\l}aj and Merelli, Emanuela and Woodruff, David P.}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2022.22}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-163633}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2022.22}, annote = {Keywords: derandomization, diameter, eccentricity, fault-tolerant data structure, sensitivity oracle, space lower bound} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 215, 13th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2022)

We combine ideas from distance sensitivity oracles (DSOs) and fixed-parameter tractability (FPT) to design sensitivity oracles for FPT graph problems. An oracle with sensitivity f for an FPT problem Π on a graph G with parameter k preprocesses G in time O(g(f,k) ⋅ poly(n)). When queried with a set F of at most f edges of G, the oracle reports the answer to the Π - with the same parameter k - on the graph G-F, i.e., G deprived of F. The oracle should answer queries in a time that is significantly faster than merely running the best-known FPT algorithm on G-F from scratch.
We design sensitivity oracles for the k-Path and the k-Vertex Cover problem. Our first oracle for k-Path has size O(k^{f+1}) and query time O(f min{f, log(f) + k}). We use a technique inspired by the work of Weimann and Yuster [FOCS 2010, TALG 2013] on distance sensitivity problems to reduce the space to O(({f+k}/f)^f ({f+k}/k)^k fk⋅log(n)) at the expense of increasing the query time to O(({f+k}/f)^f ({f+k}/k)^k f min{f,k}⋅log(n)). Both oracles can be modified to handle vertex-failures, but we need to replace k with 2k in all the claimed bounds.
Regarding k-Vertex Cover, we design three oracles offering different trade-offs between the size and the query time. The first oracle takes O(3^{f+k}) space and has O(2^f) query time, the second one has a size of O(2^{f+k²+k}) and a query time of O(f+k²); finally, the third one takes O(fk+k²) space and can be queried in time O(1.2738^k + f). All our oracles are computable in time (at most) proportional to their size and the time needed to detect a k-path or k-vertex cover, respectively. We also provide an interesting connection between k-Vertex Cover and the fault-tolerant shortest path problem, by giving a DSO of size O(poly(f,k) ⋅ n) with query time in O(poly(f,k)), where k is the size of a vertex cover.
Following our line of research connecting fault-tolerant FPT and shortest paths problems, we introduce parameterization to the computation of distance preservers. We study the problem, given a directed unweighted graph with a fixed source s and parameters f and k, to construct a polynomial-sized oracle that efficiently reports, for any target vertex v and set F of at most f edges, whether the distance from s to v increases at most by an additive term of k in G-F. The oracle size is O(2^k k²⋅n), while the time needed to answer a query is O(2^k f^ω k^ω), where ω < 2.373 is the matrix multiplication exponent. The second problem we study is about the construction of bounded-stretch fault-tolerant preservers. We construct a subgraph with O(2^{fk+f+k} k ⋅ n) edges that preserves those s-v-distances that do not increase by more than k upon failure of F. This improves significantly over the Õ(f n^{2-1/(2^f)}) bound in the unparameterized case by Bodwin et al. [ICALP 2017].

Davide Bilò, Katrin Casel, Keerti Choudhary, Sarel Cohen, Tobias Friedrich, J.A. Gregor Lagodzinski, Martin Schirneck, and Simon Wietheger. Fixed-Parameter Sensitivity Oracles. In 13th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 215, pp. 23:1-23:18, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)

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@InProceedings{bilo_et_al:LIPIcs.ITCS.2022.23, author = {Bil\`{o}, Davide and Casel, Katrin and Choudhary, Keerti and Cohen, Sarel and Friedrich, Tobias and Lagodzinski, J.A. Gregor and Schirneck, Martin and Wietheger, Simon}, title = {{Fixed-Parameter Sensitivity Oracles}}, booktitle = {13th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2022)}, pages = {23:1--23:18}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-217-4}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2022}, volume = {215}, editor = {Braverman, Mark}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2022.23}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-156196}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2022.23}, annote = {Keywords: data structures, distance preservers, distance sensitivity oracles, fault tolerance, fixed-parameter tractability, k-path, vertex cover} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 204, 29th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2021)

Given a graph with a distinguished source vertex s, the Single Source Replacement Paths (SSRP) problem is to compute and output, for any target vertex t and edge e, the length d(s,t,e) of a shortest path from s to t that avoids a failing edge e. A Single-Source Distance Sensitivity Oracle (Single-Source DSO) is a compact data structure that answers queries of the form (t,e) by returning the distance d(s,t,e). We show how to deterministically compress the output of the SSRP problem on n-vertex, m-edge graphs with integer edge weights in the range [1,M] into a Single-Source DSO that has size O(M^{1/2} n^{3/2}) and query time Õ(1). We prove that the space requirement is optimal (up to the word size). Our techniques can also handle vertex failures within the same bounds.
Chechik and Cohen [SODA 2019] presented a combinatorial, randomized Õ(m√n+n²) time SSRP algorithm for undirected and unweighted graphs. We derandomize their algorithm with the same asymptotic running time and apply our compression to obtain a deterministic Single-Source DSO with Õ(m√n+n²) preprocessing time, O(n^{3/2}) space, and Õ(1) query time. Our combinatorial Single-Source DSO has near-optimal space, preprocessing and query time for unweighted graphs, improving the preprocessing time by a √n-factor compared to previous results with o(n²) space.
Grandoni and Vassilevska Williams [FOCS 2012, TALG 2020] gave an algebraic, randomized Õ(Mn^ω) time SSRP algorithm for (undirected and directed) graphs with integer edge weights in the range [1,M], where ω < 2.373 is the matrix multiplication exponent. We derandomize it for undirected graphs and apply our compression to obtain an algebraic Single-Source DSO with Õ(Mn^ω) preprocessing time, O(M^{1/2} n^{3/2}) space, and Õ(1) query time. This improves the preprocessing time of algebraic Single-Source DSOs by polynomial factors compared to previous o(n²)-space oracles.
We also present further improvements of our Single-Source DSOs. We show that the query time can be reduced to a constant at the cost of increasing the size of the oracle to O(M^{1/3} n^{5/3}) and that all our oracles can be made path-reporting. On sparse graphs with m = O(n^{5/4-ε}/M^{7/4}) edges, for any constant ε > 0, we reduce the preprocessing to randomized Õ(M^{7/8} m^{1/2} n^{11/8}) = O(n^{2-ε/2}) time. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first truly subquadratic time algorithm for building Single-Source DSOs on sparse graphs.

Davide Bilò, Sarel Cohen, Tobias Friedrich, and Martin Schirneck. Near-Optimal Deterministic Single-Source Distance Sensitivity Oracles. In 29th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2021). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 204, pp. 18:1-18:17, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2021)

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@InProceedings{bilo_et_al:LIPIcs.ESA.2021.18, author = {Bil\`{o}, Davide and Cohen, Sarel and Friedrich, Tobias and Schirneck, Martin}, title = {{Near-Optimal Deterministic Single-Source Distance Sensitivity Oracles}}, booktitle = {29th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2021)}, pages = {18:1--18:17}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-204-4}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2021}, volume = {204}, editor = {Mutzel, Petra and Pagh, Rasmus and Herman, Grzegorz}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2021.18}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-145999}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2021.18}, annote = {Keywords: derandomization, distance sensitivity oracle, single-source replacement paths, space lower bound} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 202, 46th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2021)

We design f-edge fault-tolerant diameter oracles (f-FDO, or simply FDO if f = 1). For a given directed or undirected and possibly edge-weighted graph G with n vertices and m edges and a positive integer f, we preprocess the graph and construct a data structure that, when queried with a set F of edges, where |F| ⩽ f, returns the diameter of G-F. An f-FDO has stretch σ ⩾ 1 if the returned value D^ satisfies diam(G-F) ⩽ D^ ⩽ σ diam(G-F).
For the case of a single edge failure (f = 1) in an unweighted directed graph, there exists an approximate FDO by Henzinger et al. [ITCS 2017] with stretch (1+ε), constant query time, space O(m), and a combinatorial preprocessing time of Õ(mn + n^{1.5} √{Dm/ε}), where D is the diameter.
We present an FDO for directed graphs with the same stretch, query time, and space. It has a preprocessing time of Õ(mn + n²/ε), which is better for constant ε > 0. The preprocessing time nearly matches a conditional lower bound for combinatorial algorithms, also by Henzinger et al. With fast matrix multiplication, we achieve a preprocessing time of Õ(n^{2.5794} + n²/ε). We further prove an information-theoretic lower bound showing that any FDO with stretch better than 3/2 requires Ω(m) bits of space. Thus, for constant 0 < ε < 3/2, our combinatorial (1+ε)-approximate FDO is near-optimal in all parameters.
In the case of multiple edge failures (f > 1) in undirected graphs with non-negative edge weights, we give an f-FDO with stretch (f+2), query time O(f²log²{n}), Õ(fn) space, and preprocessing time Õ(fm). We complement this with a lower bound excluding any finite stretch in o(fn) space.
Many real-world networks have polylogarithmic diameter. We show that for those graphs and up to f = o(log n/ log log n) failures one can swap approximation for query time and space. We present an exact combinatorial f-FDO with preprocessing time mn^{1+o(1)}, query time n^o(1), and space n^{2+o(1)}. When using fast matrix multiplication instead, the preprocessing time can be improved to n^{ω+o(1)}, where ω < 2.373 is the matrix multiplication exponent.

Davide Bilò, Sarel Cohen, Tobias Friedrich, and Martin Schirneck. Space-Efficient Fault-Tolerant Diameter Oracles. In 46th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2021). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 202, pp. 18:1-18:16, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2021)

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@InProceedings{bilo_et_al:LIPIcs.MFCS.2021.18, author = {Bil\`{o}, Davide and Cohen, Sarel and Friedrich, Tobias and Schirneck, Martin}, title = {{Space-Efficient Fault-Tolerant Diameter Oracles}}, booktitle = {46th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2021)}, pages = {18:1--18:16}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-201-3}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2021}, volume = {202}, editor = {Bonchi, Filippo and Puglisi, Simon J.}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2021.18}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-144581}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2021.18}, annote = {Keywords: derandomization, diameter, distance sensitivity oracle, fault-tolerant data structure, space lower bound} }

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Track A: Algorithms, Complexity and Games

**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 132, 46th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2019)

In this work we derandomize two central results in graph algorithms, replacement paths and distance sensitivity oracles (DSOs) matching in both cases the running time of the randomized algorithms.
For the replacement paths problem, let G = (V,E) be a directed unweighted graph with n vertices and m edges and let P be a shortest path from s to t in G. The replacement paths problem is to find for every edge e in P the shortest path from s to t avoiding e. Roditty and Zwick [ICALP 2005] obtained a randomized algorithm with running time of O~(m sqrt{n}). Here we provide the first deterministic algorithm for this problem, with the same O~(m sqrt{n}) time. Due to matching conditional lower bounds of Williams et al. [FOCS 2010], our deterministic combinatorial algorithm for the replacement paths problem is optimal up to polylogarithmic factors (unless the long standing bound of O~(mn) for the combinatorial boolean matrix multiplication can be improved). This also implies a deterministic algorithm for the second simple shortest path problem in O~(m sqrt{n}) time, and a deterministic algorithm for the k-simple shortest paths problem in O~(k m sqrt{n}) time (for any integer constant k > 0).
For the problem of distance sensitivity oracles, let G = (V,E) be a directed graph with real-edge weights. An f-Sensitivity Distance Oracle (f-DSO) gets as input the graph G=(V,E) and a parameter f, preprocesses it into a data-structure, such that given a query (s,t,F) with s,t in V and F subseteq E cup V, |F| <=f being a set of at most f edges or vertices (failures), the query algorithm efficiently computes the distance from s to t in the graph G \ F (i.e., the distance from s to t in the graph G after removing from it the failing edges and vertices F).
For weighted graphs with real edge weights, Weimann and Yuster [FOCS 2010] presented several randomized f-DSOs. In particular, they presented a combinatorial f-DSO with O~(mn^{4-alpha}) preprocessing time and subquadratic O~(n^{2-2(1-alpha)/f}) query time, giving a tradeoff between preprocessing and query time for every value of 0 < alpha < 1. We derandomize this result and present a combinatorial deterministic f-DSO with the same asymptotic preprocessing and query time.

Noga Alon, Shiri Chechik, and Sarel Cohen. Deterministic Combinatorial Replacement Paths and Distance Sensitivity Oracles. In 46th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2019). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 132, pp. 12:1-12:14, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)

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@InProceedings{alon_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2019.12, author = {Alon, Noga and Chechik, Shiri and Cohen, Sarel}, title = {{Deterministic Combinatorial Replacement Paths and Distance Sensitivity Oracles}}, booktitle = {46th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2019)}, pages = {12:1--12:14}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-109-2}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2019}, volume = {132}, editor = {Baier, Christel and Chatzigiannakis, Ioannis and Flocchini, Paola and Leonardi, Stefano}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2019.12}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-105882}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2019.12}, annote = {Keywords: replacement paths, distance sensitivity oracles, derandomization} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 107, 45th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2018)

We present a simple randomized reduction from fully-dynamic integral matching algorithms to fully-dynamic "approximately-maximal" fractional matching algorithms. Applying this reduction to the recent fractional matching algorithm of Bhattacharya, Henzinger, and Nanongkai (SODA 2017), we obtain a novel result for the integral problem. Specifically, our main result is a randomized fully-dynamic (2+epsilon)-approximate integral matching algorithm with small polylog worst-case update time. For the (2+epsilon)-approximation regime only a fractional fully-dynamic (2+epsilon)-matching algorithm with worst-case polylog update time was previously known, due to Bhattacharya et al. (SODA 2017). Our algorithm is the first algorithm that maintains approximate matchings with worst-case update time better than polynomial, for any constant approximation ratio. As a consequence, we also obtain the first constant-approximate worst-case polylogarithmic update time maximum weight matching algorithm.

Moab Arar, Shiri Chechik, Sarel Cohen, Cliff Stein, and David Wajc. Dynamic Matching: Reducing Integral Algorithms to Approximately-Maximal Fractional Algorithms. In 45th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2018). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 107, pp. 7:1-7:16, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2018)

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@InProceedings{arar_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2018.7, author = {Arar, Moab and Chechik, Shiri and Cohen, Sarel and Stein, Cliff and Wajc, David}, title = {{Dynamic Matching: Reducing Integral Algorithms to Approximately-Maximal Fractional Algorithms}}, booktitle = {45th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2018)}, pages = {7:1--7:16}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-076-7}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2018}, volume = {107}, editor = {Chatzigiannakis, Ioannis and Kaklamanis, Christos and Marx, D\'{a}niel and Sannella, Donald}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2018.7}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-90112}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2018.7}, annote = {Keywords: Dynamic, Worst-case, Maximum Matching, Maximum Weight Matching} }

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