By Günther Ruhe

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4. (Bertsekas 1986) Suppose that c(i,j) E Z for all (i,j) E A. Then for any E such that o ~ E < l/n, an E-optimal flow is also O-optimal. , that a given E-optimal flow x is not 0optimal. 2. it follows the existence of a cycle L in R(X) with negative costs c(L) < O. By the definition of E - optimality and using n'E < 1 implies c(L) ~ ~ (i,j)EL+ (t(i,j)-E) + ~ (i,j)EL- (-t(i,j)-E) ~ ~ Since (i,j)EL charij(L) ·t(i,j) - n'E > 0 - 1. the costs are integers, the cost of the cycle must be at o. least • procedure SUCCESSIVE APPROXIMATION begin compute a feasible flow x E X for all i E V do p(i) := 0 E : = max (c (i, j): (i, j) E A} repeat begin E := E/2 [XE,PE] := REFINE[x2E,P2E,E] end until end E < l/n The algorithm SUCCESSIVE APPROXIMATION of Goldberg & Tarjan (1987) starts by finding an approximate solution with E = max (abs(c(i,j»: (i,j) E A).

4. we can describe the optimal solutions of MF using feasible solutions of corresponding subproblems. In the case of the above example we assume a maximal flow resulting in the following capacity intervals according to (12): (1,2) : [0,2) (5,8) : [-3,0) (1,3) : [-2,0) (5,9) : [0,5) (1,4) : [0,4) (3,4) : [0,1) (6,10): [0,2) (7,10): [-3,0) (7,11): [0,3) (10,11): [-2,0] (10,14): [0,2) (13,14): [0,3). CH~R2 For sUbgraphs G1 and G3 there are two basic solutions in both cases. The first one is the zero flow.

3. The Network Simplex Method The network simplex method is a specialization of the bounded variable simplex method for linear programming enhanced by the use of appropriate data structures and various pivot selection rules. This specialization is of computational importance, since it completely eliminates the need for carrying and updating the basis inverse. 5. Let G = (V,A) be a connected graph with #(V) = n. (i) The vertex-arc incidence matrix I(G) of G has rank n - 1. (ii) The set of columns of I(G) indexed by a subset ATc= A of A is a column-basis of I(G) iff T = (V,AT ) is a spanning tree of G.