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# Simultaneous source location

journal contribution

posted on 2005-08-01, 00:00 authored by Konstantin AndreevAbstract: "We consider the problem of Simultaneous Source Location -- selecting locations for sources in a capacitated graph such that a given set of demands can be satisfied. We give an exact algorithm for trees and show how this can be combined with a result of Ra╠êcke to give a solution that exceeds edge capacities by at most O(log n log log n), where n is the number of nodes. On graphs of bounded treewidth, we show the problem is still NP-Hard, but we are able to give a PTAS with at most O(1 + [epsilon]) violation of the capacities, or a (k + 1)-approximation with exact capacities, where k is the treewidth and [epsilon] can be made arbitrarily small."