Efficient Algorithms for the Prize Collecting Steiner Tree Problems with Interval Data

  • E. Álvarez-Miranda
  • A. Candia
  • X. Chen
  • X. Hu
  • B. Li
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6124)


Given a graph G = (V,E) with a cost on each edge in E and a prize at each vertex in V, and a target set V′ ⊆ V, the Prize Collecting Steiner Tree (PCST) problem is to find a tree T interconnecting vertices in V′ that has minimum total costs on edges and maximum total prizes at vertices in T. This problem is NP-hard in general, and it is polynomial-time solvable when graphs G are restricted to 2-trees. In this paper, we study how to deal with PCST problem with uncertain costs and prizes. We assume that edge e could be included in T by paying cost \(x_e\in[c_e^-,c_e^+]\) while taking risk \(\frac{ c_e^+-x_e}{ c_e^+-c_e^-}\) of losing e, and vertex v could be awarded prize \(p_v\in [p_v^-,p_v^+]\) while taking risk \(\frac{ y_v-p_v^-}{p_v^+-p_v^-}\) of losing the prize. We establish two risk models for the PCST problem, one minimizing the maximum risk over edges and vertices in T and the other minimizing the sum of risks. Both models are subject to upper bounds on the budget for constructing a tree. We propose two polynomial-time algorithms for these problems on 2-trees, respectively. Our study shows that the risk models have advantages over the tradional robust optimization model, which yields NP-hard problems even if the original optimization problems are polynomial-time solvable.


Prize collecting Steiner tree interval data 2-trees 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Álvarez-Miranda
    • 1
  • A. Candia
    • 1
  • X. Chen
    • 2
  • X. Hu
    • 2
  • B. Li
    • 2
  1. 1.Industrial Management DepartmentUniversidad de TalcaChile
  2. 2.Institute of Applied MathematicsChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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