A new minimum cost flow algorithm with applications to graph drawing

  • Ashim Garg
  • Roberto Tamassia
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1190)


Let N be a single-source single-sink flow network with n nodes, m arcs, and positive arc costs. We present a pseudo-polynomial algorithm that computes a maximum flow of minimum cost for N in time O(χ3/4m√log n), where χ is the cost of the flow. This improves upon previously known methods for networks where the minimum cost of the flow is small. We also show an application of our flow algorithm to a well-known graph drawing problem. Namely, we show how to compute a planar orthogonal drawing with the minimum number of bends for an n- vertex embedded planar graph in time O(n7/4√log n). This is the first subquadratic algorithm for bend minimization. The previous best bound for this problem was O(n2 log n) [19].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ashim Garg
    • 1
  • Roberto Tamassia
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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