On the existence of Hamiltonian paths for history based pivot rules on acyclic unique sink orientations of hypercubes

Yoshikazu Aoshima, David Avis, Theresa Deering, Yoshitake Matsumoto, Sonoko Moriyama

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Abstract

An acyclic USO on a hypercube is formed by directing its edges in such a way that the digraph is acyclic and each face of the hypercube has a unique sink and a unique source. A path to the global sink of an acyclic USO can be modelled as pivoting in a unit hypercube of the same dimension with an abstract objective function, and vice versa. In such a way, Zadeh's 'least entered rule' and other history based pivot rules can be applied to the problem of finding the global sink of an acyclic USO. In this paper we present some theoretical and empirical results on the existence of acyclic USOs for which the various history based pivot rules can be made to follow a Hamiltonian path. In particular, we develop an algorithm that can enumerate all such paths up to dimension 6 using efficient pruning techniques. We show that Zadeh's original rule admits Hamiltonian paths up to dimension 9 at least, and prove that most of the other rules do not for all dimensions greater than 5.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2104-2115
Number of pages12
JournalDiscrete Applied Mathematics
Volume160
Issue number15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Oct

Keywords

  • Depth first search
  • Klee-Minty cube
  • Pivot rule
  • Polytopal digraphs
  • Simplex method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
  • Applied Mathematics

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