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Author Mehlhorn, Kurt ♦ Schfer, Guido
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2002
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Computer programming, programs & data
Abstract We describe the implementation of an algorithm which solves the weighted matching problem in general graphs with $\textit{n}$ vertices and $\textit{m}$ edges in time O(nm log n). Our algorithm is a variant of the algorithm of Galil, Micali and Gabow [Galil et al. 1986] and extensively uses sophisticated data structures, in particular concatenable priority queues, so as to reduce the time needed to perform dual adjustments and to find tight edges in Edmonds' blossom-shrinking algorithm.We compare our implementation to the experimentally fastest implementation, named Blossom IV, due to Cook and Rohe [Cook and Rohe 1997]. Blossom IV requires only very simple data structures and has an asymptotic running time of $O(n^{2}m).$ Our experiments show that our new implementation is superior to Blossom IV. A closer inspection reveals that the running time of Edmonds' blossom-shrinking algorithm in practice heavily depends on the time spent to perform dual adjustments and to find tight edges. Therefore, optimizing these operations, as is done in our implementation, indeed speeds-up the practical performance of implementations of Edmonds' algorithm.
ISSN 10846654
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2002-12-01
Publisher Place New York
e-ISSN 10846654
Journal Journal of Experimental Algorithmics (JEA)
Volume Number 7
Starting Page 4


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