Heuvel van den, J. and Johnson, M. (2008) 'Transversals of subtree hypergraphs and the source location problem in digraphs.', *Networks.*, 51 (2). pp. 113-119.

## Abstract

A hypergraph $H=(V,E)$ is a subtree hypergraph if there is a tree~$T$ on~$V$ such that each hyperedge of~$E$ induces a subtree of~$T$. Since the number of edges of a subtree hypergraph can be exponential in $n=|V|$, one can not always expect to be able to find a minimum size transversal in time polynomial in~$n$. In this paper, we show that if it is possible to decide if a set of vertices $W\subseteq V$ is a transversal in time~$S(n)$ (\,where $n=|V|$\,), then it is possible to find a minimum size transversal in~$O(n^3\,S(n))$. This result provides a polynomial algorithm for the Source Location Problem\,: a set of $(k,l)$-sources for a digraph $D=(V,A)$ is a subset~$S$ of~$V$ such that for any $v\in V$ there are~$k$ arc-disjoint paths that each join a vertex of~$S$ to~$v$ and~$l$ arc-disjoint paths that each join~$v$ to~$S$. The Source Location Problem is to find a minimum size set of $(k,l)$-sources. We show that this is a case of finding a transversal of a subtree hypergraph, and that in this case~$S(n)$ is polynomial.

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Keywords: | Graphs, Hypergraphs, Source location, Algorithms. |

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Publisher Web site: | http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/net.20206 |

Record Created: | 07 Oct 2008 |

Last Modified: | 08 Apr 2009 16:27 |

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