Smoothed Analysis of the Minimum-Mean Cycle Canceling Algorithm and the Network Simplex Algorithm

Kamiel Cornelissen, Bodo Manthey

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The minimum-cost flow (MCF) problem is a fundamental optimization problem with many applications and seems to be well understood. Over the last half century many algorithms have been developed to solve the MCF problem and these algorithms have varying worst-case bounds on their running time. However, these worst-case bounds are not always a good indication of the algorithms' performance in practice. The Network Simplex (NS) algorithm needs an exponential number of iterations for some instances, but it is considered the best algorithm in practice and performs best in experimental studies. On the other hand, the Minimum-Mean Cycle Canceling (MMCC) algorithm is strongly polynomial, but performs badly in experimental studies. To explain these differences in performance in practice we apply the framework of smoothed analysis. For the number of iterations of the MMCC algorithm we show an upper bound of O(m n^2 log(n) log(phi)). Here n is the number of nodes, m is the number of edges, and phi is a parameter limiting the degree to which the edge costs are perturbed. We also show a lower bound of Omega(m log(phi)) for the number of iterations of the MMCC algorithm, which can be strengthened to Omega(m n) when phi=Theta(n^2). For the number of iterations of the NS algorithm we show a smoothed lower bound of Omega(m min\{n,phi\} phi).
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st Computing and Combinatorics Conference (COCOON 2015)
EditorsDachuan Xu, Donglei Du, Dingzhu Du
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-21397-2
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2015
Event21st International Conference on Computing and Combinatorics, COCOON 2015 - Beijing, China
Duration: 4 Aug 20156 Aug 2015
Conference number: 21

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer Verlag
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference21st International Conference on Computing and Combinatorics, COCOON 2015
Abbreviated titleCOCOON


  • EWI-25942
  • IR-96738
  • METIS-312555

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