Consider a network G = V,E with distinguished vertices s and t, and with k different costs on every edge. We consider the problem of finding k disjoint paths from s to t such that the total cost of the paths is minimized, where the jth edge‐cost is associated with the jth path. The problem has several variants: The paths may be vertex‐disjoint or arc‐disjoint and the network may be directed or undirected. We show that all four versions of the problem are strongly NP‐complete even for k = 2. We describe polynomial time heuristics for the problem and a polynomial time algorithm for the acyclic directed case.
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- Information Systems
- Computer Networks and Communications