[Dmbu-l] talk this Friday 12/12 Natali Ruchansky 10:30 am MCS 148
edori at bu.edu
Mon Dec 8 10:04:39 EST 2014
this Friday will be our last talk in 2014. Natali Ruchansky is going to
talk about the Minimum Wiener Connector Problem.
We will continue our seminar in the next semester (same time and
Title: Minimum Wiener Connector Problem
The Wiener index of a graph is the sum of all pairwise shortest-path
distances between its vertices.
In a recently submitted paper we study the novel problem of finding a
minimum Wiener connector: given a connected graph G=(V,E) and a set Q
subset of V of query vertices, find a
subgraph of G that connects all query vertices and has minimum Wiener
The problem falls naturally into the class of connectivity subgraphs,
community search, and network design problems, and has potential
in many scenarios, including visualization in online tools, finding
community leaders, and finding bridges between communities.
In this talk I will give a historic introduction to the notion of Wiener
index, how it differs from the more-known concept of Steiner tree, and
give some simple heuristic algorithms for the Wiener Connector Problem.
I'll also give a sample of experiments on real-world graphs, and cute toy
examples on the Karate-Club network, and a 2014 KDD tweet graph.
Time permitting I will also give an (very) high-level taste of some
theoretical results in the paper -- in particular of our main contribution
is a constant-factor approximation algorithm running in
time O(|Q||E|), and of a comparison to a linear programming formulation.
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