We consider graphs which contain both directed and undirected edges (partially directed graphs). We show that the problem of covering the edges of such graphs with a minimum number of edge-disjoint directed paths respecting the orientations of the directed edges is polynormally solvable. We exhibit a good characterization for this problem in the form of a min-max theorem. We introduce a more general problem including weights on possible orientations of the undirected edges. We show that this more general weighted formulation is equivalent to the weighted bipartite b-factor problem. This implies the existence of a strongly polynomial algorithm for this weighted generalization of Euler's problem to partially directed graphs (compare this with the negative results for the mixed Chinese postman problem). We also provide a compact linear programming formulation for the weighted generalization that we propose.

Covering partially directed graphs with directed paths

Rospocher, Marco
2006

Abstract

We consider graphs which contain both directed and undirected edges (partially directed graphs). We show that the problem of covering the edges of such graphs with a minimum number of edge-disjoint directed paths respecting the orientations of the directed edges is polynormally solvable. We exhibit a good characterization for this problem in the form of a min-max theorem. We introduce a more general problem including weights on possible orientations of the undirected edges. We show that this more general weighted formulation is equivalent to the weighted bipartite b-factor problem. This implies the existence of a strongly polynomial algorithm for this weighted generalization of Euler's problem to partially directed graphs (compare this with the negative results for the mixed Chinese postman problem). We also provide a compact linear programming formulation for the weighted generalization that we propose.
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