# Questions tagged [network-flow]

For questions related to the formulation or solution methodologies of network flow problems. Some of the well-known network flow problems are maximum flow problem, minimum-cost flow problem, and multi-commodity flow problem.

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### Was there something specific that caused graph cuts to lose popularity in the last 5 years?

Almost every graph-cut paper I look at seems to have exactly the same pattern of monotonic growth in citations and then monotonic decline starting around 5 years ago: For privacy I've cut the all ...
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### How do we call this problem in literature and how to model it?

I have a set of sources and a set of sinks. Each source $s$ can produce a set of different products $P_s$. The transportation inter-sources and inter-sinks are allowed. The sources do not ...
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### References for "metric" network flow problems

Network flow problems are very well studied in the literature (e.g., see the Network Flows book), and the first DIMACS challenge was dedicated to these problems. Very efficient implementation of state-...
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### Max flow problem without splitting the flow from the supply nodes - LP formulation help

Since max flow formulation can be easily solved using LP, I wanted to ask the following: I am trying to solve a simple max flow problem where the graph is bipartite but with one added constraint. The ...
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### Multi-commodity Network Flow: Convert a node-arc solution to an arc-path solution

For a logistics optimization problem I am working on, the most natural expression of the problem is using a node-arc formulation of the MCNF. It is solved using an LP/MIP solver like CPLEX/Gurobi. ...
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### How to Model Path Being Only Through Adjacent Cells

I am trying to develop a MILP for a path planning problem. I am operating on a grid of cells that represents a map. The arrangement of cells in the grid represents the placement of the cells in real ...
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### Extreme point and extreme ray of a network flow problem

"It is a well-known result in network flow theory that an extreme point and an extreme ray of the polyhedron defined by the convex hull of feasible region corresponds to a path and cycle (resp.) ...
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### Network flow model - How can I turn this diagram into a matrix that when converted to RREF solves for max flow?

I have the following network flow model diagram and I have already calculated maximum flow using the R package igraph to be 28. However, what I would like to know ...
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### Complexity \ Reference request for variant of max flow problem

In the standard max cost flow problem with arc capacities, the cost of using an arc is proportional to the flow through the arc. For example, if $f_{uv}$ is the flow through the arc $(u,v)$, then the ...
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### Min-cost flow with per-edge flow conservation

I am trying to solve a linear program that is identical to a min-cost flow problem, except for a difference in the flow-conservation constraint. Instead of the summed outgoing flow equaling the summed ...
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### Demonstrating a given solution is basic for a MCFP?

Given a minimum-cost flow problem, how could I go about demonstrating that a specific solution (as sets of basic and non-basic (!) arcs that build a rooted spanning tree for a given graph) is basic ...
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### How to visit a subset of network nodes in a single trip?

I have a connected network where I want to visit a set of destinations which may require visiting intermediate nodes as well because there may be no direct edge between source and destination nodes. I ...
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### Fast algorithm for Transportation Problem in Python?

The Transportation Problem can be solved with a simplex algorithm, but it's time-consuming. I'm wondering if there exists a specific Python-implemented algorithm with low complexity.
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### (Integral) multi-commodity flow on undirected graph

Usually in (integral) multi-commodity flow problems the graph is assumed to be directed. Instead, I am working with an undirected graph. Is it possible to transform it in a digraph? Does such a ...
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### What is the impact of making flow fractional rather than integer?

When creating a network flow formulation you can set up sinks with integer flow requirement $\ge 1$. This yields solutions with the total amount of flow along an edge. I have also seen this as a ...
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### Combined arc capacity constraints in network flows

Consider the network flow polyhedron for a directed graph $G = (N, A)$. Along with the standard flow-balance and single-arc capacity constraints, we are faced with additional constraints which enforce ...
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### Flow problem with side constraints: how to eliminate subtours?

I am working on a flow problem with side constraints. More specifically, I have a usual flow problem, with constraints that require some arcs to have exactly one unit of flow on them. This makes the ...
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### How to model this multi-commodity flow problem with a twist?

Problem description I am working on a variation of the multicommodity flow problem on a graph $G=(V,E)$. I have requests $r_{uv}$ for pairs of nodes $(u,v), u\in V, v\in V$, which means that $r_{uv}$ ...
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### Complexity of solving a certain commodity flow problem

Does anyone know the complexity of obtaining the optimal solution to the integral multi-commodity network flow problem with unit demands, integral capacities, but the cost of using an arc varies ...
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### Solver for Go Programming Laguage

Has anyone used MIP solvers (open source or commercial) with Go language https://golang.org/? I am looking for a solver for simple linear MIPs for network flows and set cover types of problems.
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