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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 285, 18th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2023)

We consider the problem of orienting a given, undirected graph into a (directed) acyclic graph such that the in-degree of each vertex v is in a prescribed list λ(v). Variants of this problem have been studied for a long time and with various applications, but mostly without the requirement for acyclicity. Without this requirement, the problem is closely related to the classical General Factor problem, which is known to be NP-hard in general, but polynomial-time solvable if no list λ(v) contains large "gaps" [Cornuéjols, J. Comb. Theory B, 1988]. In contrast, we show that deciding if an acyclic orientation exists is NP-hard even in the absence of such "gaps".
On the positive side, we design parameterized algorithms for various, natural parameterizations of the acyclic orientation problem. A special case of the orientation problem with degree constraints recently came up in the context of reconstructing evolutionary histories (that is, phylogenetic networks). This phylogenetic setting imposes additional structure onto the problem that can be exploited algorithmically, allowing us to show fixed-parameter tractability when parameterized by either the treewidth of G (a smaller parameter than the frequently employed "level"), by the number of vertices v for which |λ(v)| ≥ 2, by the number of vertices v for which the highest value in λ(v) is at least 2. While the latter result can be extended to the general degree-constraint acyclic orientation problem, we show that the former cannot unless FPT=W[1].

Jaroslav Garvardt, Malte Renken, Jannik Schestag, and Mathias Weller. Finding Degree-Constrained Acyclic Orientations. In 18th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2023). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 285, pp. 19:1-19:14, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2023)

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@InProceedings{garvardt_et_al:LIPIcs.IPEC.2023.19, author = {Garvardt, Jaroslav and Renken, Malte and Schestag, Jannik and Weller, Mathias}, title = {{Finding Degree-Constrained Acyclic Orientations}}, booktitle = {18th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2023)}, pages = {19:1--19:14}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-305-8}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2023}, volume = {285}, editor = {Misra, Neeldhara and Wahlstr\"{o}m, Magnus}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2023.19}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-194383}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2023.19}, annote = {Keywords: Graph Orientation, Phylogenetic Networks, General Factor, NP-hardness, Parameterized Algorithms, Treewidth} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 275, Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2023)

A temporal graph is a graph whose edges appear only at certain points in time. In these graphs, reachability among nodes relies on paths that traverse edges in chronological order (temporal paths). Unlike standard paths, temporal paths may not be composable, thus the reachability relation is not transitive and connected components (i.e., sets of pairwise temporally connected nodes) do not form equivalence classes, a fact with far-reaching consequences.
Recently, Casteigts et al. [FOCS 2021] proposed a natural temporal analog of the seminal Erdős-Rényi random graph model, based on the same parameters n and p. The proposed model is obtained by randomly permuting the edges of an Erdős-Rényi random graph and interpreting this permutation as an ordering of presence times. Casteigts et al. showed that the well-known single threshold for connectivity in the Erdős-Rényi model fans out into multiple phase transitions for several distinct notions of reachability in the temporal setting.
The second most basic phenomenon studied by Erdős and Rényi in static (i.e., non-temporal) random graphs is the emergence of a giant connected component. However, the existence of a similar phase transition in the temporal model was left open until now. In this paper, we settle this question. We identify a sharp threshold at p = log n/n, where the size of the largest temporally connected component increases from o(n) to n-o(n) nodes. This transition occurs significantly later than in the static setting, where a giant component of size n-o(n) already exists for any p ∈ ω(1/n) (i.e., as soon as p is larger than a constant fraction of n). Interestingly, the threshold that we obtain holds for both open and closed connected components, i.e., components that allow, respectively forbid, their connecting paths to use external nodes - a distinction arising from the absence of transitivity.
We achieve these results by strengthening the tools from Casteigts et al. and developing new techniques that provide means to decouple dependencies between past and future events in temporal Erdős-Rényi graphs, which could be of general interest in future investigations of these objects.

Ruben Becker, Arnaud Casteigts, Pierluigi Crescenzi, Bojana Kodric, Malte Renken, Michael Raskin, and Viktor Zamaraev. Giant Components in Random Temporal Graphs. In Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2023). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 275, pp. 29:1-29:17, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2023)

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@InProceedings{becker_et_al:LIPIcs.APPROX/RANDOM.2023.29, author = {Becker, Ruben and Casteigts, Arnaud and Crescenzi, Pierluigi and Kodric, Bojana and Renken, Malte and Raskin, Michael and Zamaraev, Viktor}, title = {{Giant Components in Random Temporal Graphs}}, booktitle = {Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2023)}, pages = {29:1--29:17}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-296-9}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2023}, volume = {275}, editor = {Megow, Nicole and Smith, Adam}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.APPROX/RANDOM.2023.29}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-188542}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.APPROX/RANDOM.2023.29}, annote = {Keywords: random temporal graph, Erd\H{o}s–R\'{e}nyi random graph, sharp threshold, temporal connectivity, temporal connected component, edge-ordered graph} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 227, 18th Scandinavian Symposium and Workshops on Algorithm Theory (SWAT 2022)

Proximity graphs have been studied for several decades, motivated by applications in computational geometry, geography, data mining, and many other fields. However, the computational complexity of classic graph problems on proximity graphs mostly remained open. We study 3-Colorability, Dominating Set, Feedback Vertex Set, Hamiltonian Cycle, and Independent Set on the following classes of proximity graphs: relative neighborhood graphs, Gabriel graphs, and relatively closest graphs. We prove that all of the aforementioned problems remain NP-hard on these graphs, except for 3-Colorability and Hamiltonian Cycle on relatively closest graphs, where the former is trivial and the latter is left open. Moreover, for every NP-hard case we additionally show that no 2^{o(n^{1/4})}-time algorithm exists unless the Exponential-Time Hypothesis (ETH) fails, where n denotes the number of vertices.

Pascal Kunz, Till Fluschnik, Rolf Niedermeier, and Malte Renken. Most Classic Problems Remain NP-Hard on Relative Neighborhood Graphs and Their Relatives. In 18th Scandinavian Symposium and Workshops on Algorithm Theory (SWAT 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 227, pp. 29:1-29:19, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)

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@InProceedings{kunz_et_al:LIPIcs.SWAT.2022.29, author = {Kunz, Pascal and Fluschnik, Till and Niedermeier, Rolf and Renken, Malte}, title = {{Most Classic Problems Remain NP-Hard on Relative Neighborhood Graphs and Their Relatives}}, booktitle = {18th Scandinavian Symposium and Workshops on Algorithm Theory (SWAT 2022)}, pages = {29:1--29:19}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-236-5}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2022}, volume = {227}, editor = {Czumaj, Artur and Xin, Qin}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.SWAT.2022.29}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-161891}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.SWAT.2022.29}, annote = {Keywords: Proximity Graphs, Relatively Closest Graphs, Gabriel Graphs, 3-Colorability, Dominating Set, Feedback Vertex Set, Hamiltonian Cycle, Independent Set, Exponential-Time Hypothesis} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 221, 1st Symposium on Algorithmic Foundations of Dynamic Networks (SAND 2022)

Consider planning a trip in a train network. In contrast to, say, a road network, the edges are temporal, i.e., they are only available at certain times. Another important difficulty is that trains, unfortunately, sometimes get delayed. This is especially bad if it causes one to miss subsequent trains. The best way to prepare against this is to have a connection that is robust to some number of (small) delays. An important factor in determining the robustness of a connection is how far in advance delays are announced. We give polynomial-time algorithms for the two extreme cases: delays known before departure and delays occurring without prior warning (the latter leading to a two-player game scenario). Interestingly, in the latter case, we show that the problem becomes PSPACE-complete if the itinerary is demanded to be a path.

Eugen Füchsle, Hendrik Molter, Rolf Niedermeier, and Malte Renken. Temporal Connectivity: Coping with Foreseen and Unforeseen Delays. In 1st Symposium on Algorithmic Foundations of Dynamic Networks (SAND 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 221, pp. 17:1-17:17, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)

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@InProceedings{fuchsle_et_al:LIPIcs.SAND.2022.17, author = {F\"{u}chsle, Eugen and Molter, Hendrik and Niedermeier, Rolf and Renken, Malte}, title = {{Temporal Connectivity: Coping with Foreseen and Unforeseen Delays}}, booktitle = {1st Symposium on Algorithmic Foundations of Dynamic Networks (SAND 2022)}, pages = {17:1--17:17}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-224-2}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2022}, volume = {221}, editor = {Aspnes, James and Michail, Othon}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.SAND.2022.17}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-159598}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.SAND.2022.17}, annote = {Keywords: Paths and walks in temporal graphs, static expansions of temporal graphs, two-player games, flow computations, dynamic programming, PSPACE-completeness} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 219, 39th International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2022)

Most transportation networks are inherently temporal: Connections (e.g. flights, train runs) are only available at certain, scheduled times. When transporting passengers or commodities, this fact must be considered for the the planning of itineraries. This has already led to several well-studied algorithmic problems on temporal graphs. The difficulty of the described task is increased by the fact that connections are often unreliable - in particular, many modes of transportation suffer from occasional delays. If these delays cause subsequent connections to be missed, the consequences can be severe. Thus, it is a vital problem to design itineraries that are robust to (small) delays. We initiate the study of this problem from a parameterized complexity perspective by proving its NP-completeness as well as several hardness and tractability results for natural parameterizations.

Eugen Füchsle, Hendrik Molter, Rolf Niedermeier, and Malte Renken. Delay-Robust Routes in Temporal Graphs. In 39th International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 219, pp. 30:1-30:15, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)

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@InProceedings{fuchsle_et_al:LIPIcs.STACS.2022.30, author = {F\"{u}chsle, Eugen and Molter, Hendrik and Niedermeier, Rolf and Renken, Malte}, title = {{Delay-Robust Routes in Temporal Graphs}}, booktitle = {39th International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2022)}, pages = {30:1--30:15}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-222-8}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2022}, volume = {219}, editor = {Berenbrink, Petra and Monmege, Benjamin}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2022.30}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-158403}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2022.30}, annote = {Keywords: algorithms and complexity, parameterized complexity, time-varying networks, temporal paths, journeys} }

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

The world is rarely static - many problems need not only be solved once but repeatedly, under changing conditions. This setting is addressed by the multistage view on computational problems. We study the diverse multistage variant, where consecutive solutions of large variety are preferable to similar ones, e.g. for reasons of fairness or wear minimization. While some aspects of this model have been tackled before, we introduce a framework allowing us to prove that a number of diverse multistage problems are fixed-parameter tractable by diversity, namely Perfect Matching, s-t Path, Matroid Independent Set, and Plurality Voting. This is achieved by first solving special, colored variants of these problems, which might also be of independent interest.

Leon Kellerhals, Malte Renken, and Philipp Zschoche. Parameterized Algorithms for Diverse Multistage Problems. In 29th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2021). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 204, pp. 55:1-55:17, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2021)

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@InProceedings{kellerhals_et_al:LIPIcs.ESA.2021.55, author = {Kellerhals, Leon and Renken, Malte and Zschoche, Philipp}, title = {{Parameterized Algorithms for Diverse Multistage Problems}}, booktitle = {29th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2021)}, pages = {55:1--55:17}, 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-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2021.55}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-146360}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2021.55}, annote = {Keywords: Temporal graphs, dissimilar solutions, fixed-parameter tractability, perfect matchings, s-t paths, committee election, spanning forests, matroids} }

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

In a temporal network with discrete time-labels on its edges, entities and information can only "flow" along sequences of edges whose time-labels are non-decreasing (resp. increasing), i.e. along temporal (resp. strict temporal) paths. Nevertheless, in the model for temporal networks of [Kempe, Kleinberg, Kumar, JCSS, 2002], the individual time-labeled edges remain undirected: an edge e = {u,v} with time-label t specifies that "u communicates with v at time t". This is a symmetric relation between u and v, and it can be interpreted that the information can flow in either direction. In this paper we make a first attempt to understand how the direction of information flow on one edge can impact the direction of information flow on other edges. More specifically, naturally extending the classical notion of a transitive orientation in static graphs, we introduce the fundamental notion of a temporal transitive orientation and we systematically investigate its algorithmic behavior in various situations. An orientation of a temporal graph is called temporally transitive if, whenever u has a directed edge towards v with time-label t₁ and v has a directed edge towards w with time-label t₂ ≥ t₁, then u also has a directed edge towards w with some time-label t₃ ≥ t₂. If we just demand that this implication holds whenever t₂ > t₁, the orientation is called strictly temporally transitive, as it is based on the fact that there is a strict directed temporal path from u to w. Our main result is a conceptually simple, yet technically quite involved, polynomial-time algorithm for recognizing whether a given temporal graph 𝒢 is transitively orientable. In wide contrast we prove that, surprisingly, it is NP-hard to recognize whether 𝒢 is strictly transitively orientable. Additionally we introduce and investigate further related problems to temporal transitivity, notably among them the temporal transitive completion problem, for which we prove both algorithmic and hardness results.

George B. Mertzios, Hendrik Molter, Malte Renken, Paul G. Spirakis, and Philipp Zschoche. The Complexity of Transitively Orienting Temporal Graphs. In 46th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2021). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 202, pp. 75:1-75:18, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2021)

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@InProceedings{mertzios_et_al:LIPIcs.MFCS.2021.75, author = {Mertzios, George B. and Molter, Hendrik and Renken, Malte and Spirakis, Paul G. and Zschoche, Philipp}, title = {{The Complexity of Transitively Orienting Temporal Graphs}}, booktitle = {46th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2021)}, pages = {75:1--75:18}, 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-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2021.75}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-145157}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2021.75}, annote = {Keywords: Temporal graph, transitive orientation, transitive closure, polynomial-time algorithm, NP-hardness, satisfiability} }

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

We study spreading processes in temporal graphs, i. e., graphs whose connections change over time. These processes naturally model real-world phenomena such as infectious diseases or information flows. More precisely, we investigate how such a spreading process, emerging from a given set of sources, can be contained to a small part of the graph. To this end we consider two ways of modifying the graph, which are (1) deleting connections and (2) delaying connections. We show a close relationship between the two associated problems and give a polynomial time algorithm when the graph has tree structure. For the general version, we consider parameterization by the number of vertices to which the spread is contained. Surprisingly, we prove W[1]-hardness for the deletion variant but fixed-parameter tractability for the delaying variant.

Hendrik Molter, Malte Renken, and Philipp Zschoche. Temporal Reachability Minimization: Delaying vs. Deleting. In 46th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2021). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 202, pp. 76:1-76:15, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2021)

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@InProceedings{molter_et_al:LIPIcs.MFCS.2021.76, author = {Molter, Hendrik and Renken, Malte and Zschoche, Philipp}, title = {{Temporal Reachability Minimization: Delaying vs. Deleting}}, booktitle = {46th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2021)}, pages = {76:1--76:15}, 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-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2021.76}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-145161}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2021.76}, annote = {Keywords: Temporal Graphs, Temporal Paths, Disease Spreading, Network Flows, Parameterized Algorithms, NP-hard Problems} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 198, 48th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2021)

Given an undirected n-vertex graph and k pairs of terminal vertices (s_1,t_1), …, (s_k,t_k), the k-Disjoint Shortest Paths (k-DSP) problem asks whether there are k pairwise vertex-disjoint paths P_1, …, P_k such that P_i is a shortest s_i-t_i-path for each i ∈ [k]. Recently, Lochet [SODA '21] provided an algorithm that solves k-DSP in n^{O(k^{5^k})} time, answering a 20-year old question about the computational complexity of k-DSP for constant k. On the one hand, we present an improved O(kn^{16k ⋅ k! + k + 1})-time algorithm based on a novel geometric view on this problem. For the special case k = 2, we show that the running time can be further reduced to O(nm) by small modifications of the algorithm and a further refined analysis. On the other hand, we show that k-DSP is W[1]-hard with respect to k, showing that the dependency of the degree of the polynomial running time on the parameter k is presumably unavoidable.

Matthias Bentert, André Nichterlein, Malte Renken, and Philipp Zschoche. Using a Geometric Lens to Find k Disjoint Shortest Paths. In 48th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2021). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 198, pp. 26:1-26:14, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2021)

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@InProceedings{bentert_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2021.26, author = {Bentert, Matthias and Nichterlein, Andr\'{e} and Renken, Malte and Zschoche, Philipp}, title = {{Using a Geometric Lens to Find k Disjoint Shortest Paths}}, booktitle = {48th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2021)}, pages = {26:1--26:14}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-195-5}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2021}, volume = {198}, editor = {Bansal, Nikhil and Merelli, Emanuela and Worrell, James}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops-dev.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2021.26}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-140954}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2021.26}, annote = {Keywords: graph algorithms, dynamic programming, W\lbrack1\rbrack-hardness, geometry} }

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