Random-tree diameter and the diameter-constrained MST
Abbreviated Journal Title
Int. J. Comput. Math.
tree diameter; greedy algorithm; constrained minimum spanning tree; Mathematics, Applied
A minimum spanning tree (MST) with a small diameter is required in numerous practical situations such as when distributed mutual-exclusion algorithms are used, or when information retrieval algorithms need to compromise between fast access and small storage. The Diameter-Constrained MST (DCMST) problem can be stated as follows: given an undirected, edge-weighted graph, G, with it nodes and a positive integer, k, find a spanning tree with the smallest weight among all spanning trees of G which contain no path with more than k edges. This problem is known to be NP-complete, for all values of k; 4 less than or equal to k less than or equal to (n-2). In this paper, we investigate the behavior of the diameter of an MST in randomly generated graphs. Then, we present heuristics that produce approximate solutions for the DCMST problem in polynomial time. We discuss convergence, relative merits, and implementation of these heuristics. Our extensive empirical study shows that the heuristics produce good solutions for a wide variety of inputs.
International Journal of Computer Mathematics
"Random-tree diameter and the diameter-constrained MST" (2002). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 3025.