I'm writing a code for solving the MDS problem, the problem is: \begin{align}\min&\quad\sum_{v\in V}y_v\\\text{s.t.}&\quad y_v+\sum_{(u,v)\in E}y_u\ge1\quad\forall v\in V\\&\quad y_v\in\{0,1\}\quad\forall v\in V.\end{align}

I have used Pulp and nx.network in python to model the problem as following:

  • The problem prob = pulp.LpProblem("MinimumDominatingSet", pulp.LpMinimize)
  • Variables y = pulp.LpVariable.dicts("y", g.nodes(), cat=pulp.LpBinary)
  • The objective for (v,u) in g.edges(): prob += pulp.lpSum(y)
  • Constraint for (v,u) in g.edges(): prob += y.get(v) + sum(y.get(u) for (v,u) in g.edges) >= 1

I have tried to test the output with a simple star figure. Unfortunately, the output is not correct. I'm suspecting there may be an issue with modeling the constraint.

Could anyone guide me through this?


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Your objective should be prob+= pulp.lpSum(y), and the constraints should be :

for v in g.nodes():
       prob += y[v] + pulp.lpSum([y[u] for u in g.neighbors(v)]) >= 1
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    $\begingroup$ I really appreciate your help. thank you so much. I didn't know that nx.network class has the neighbors' attribute. $\endgroup$
    – Amedeo
    Nov 11, 2020 at 18:06
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    $\begingroup$ nx has simplified my life so many times ! pulp too in fact ! great tools $\endgroup$
    – Kuifje
    Nov 11, 2020 at 18:13

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