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Unformatted text preview: 1 15.082 and 6.855 The Minimum Cost Spanning Tree Problem 2 Communications Systems Consider a communications company, such as AT&T or GTE that needs to build a communication network that connects n different users. The cost of making a link joining i and j is c ij . What is the minimum cost of connecting all of the users? 1 6 3 7 5 8 9 4 2 10 Common assumption: the only links possible are the ones directly joining two nodes. 3 Electronic Circuitry Consider a system with a number of electronic components. In order to make two pins i and j of different components electrically equivalent, one can connect i and j by a wire. How can we connect n different pins in this way to make them electrically equivalent to each other so as to minimize the total wire length. 1 2 3 4 5 4 Minimum Cost Spanning Tree Problem Undirected network G = (N, A). (i, j) is the same arc as (j, i). We associate with each arc (i, j) ∈ A a cost c ij . A spanning tree T of G is a connected acyclic subgraph that spans all the nodes. A connected graph with n nodes and n – 1 arcs is a spanning tree. The minimum cost spanning tree problem is to find a spanning tree of minimum cost. 5 A Minimum Cost Spanning Tree Problem 35 10 30 15 25 40 20 17 8 15 11 21 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 6 A Minimum Cost Spanning Tree 35 10 30 15 25 40 20 17 8 15 11 21 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 7 The Traveling Salesman Problem ◆ Consider the traveling salesman problem of finding a minimum cost tour linking n cities. ◆ One way of formulating this problem is using minimum spanning trees. 1 8 Representing the TSP problem A collection of arcs is a tour if 1. There are two arcs incident to each node 2. The red arcs (those not incident to node 1) form a spanning tree in G\1. 1 We will see this again in the lectures on lagrangian relaxation. 9 Definitions ◆ Let T* be a spanning tree. We refer to the arcs in T* as tree arcs and to those arcs not in T* as nontree arcs ....
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2010 for the course EE 15.082 taught by Professor Orlin during the Spring '10 term at Visayas State University.
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