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Shortest directed networks in the plane

Maxwell, Alastair and Swanepoel, Konrad ORCID: 0000-0002-1668-887X (2020) Shortest directed networks in the plane. Graphs and Combinatorics, 36 (5). 1457 - 1475. ISSN 0911-0119

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s00373-020-02183-8


Given a set of sources and a set of sinks as points in the Euclidean plane, a directed network is a directed graph drawn in the plane with a directed path from each source to each sink. Such a network may contain nodes other than the given sources and sinks, called Steiner points. We characterize the local structure of the Steiner points in all shortest-length directed networks in the Euclidean plane. This charac- terization implies that these networks are constructible by straightedge and compass. Our results build on unpublished work of Alfaro, Camp- bell, Sher, and Soto from 1989 and 1990. Part of the proof is based on a new method that uses other norms in the plane. This approach gives more conceptual proofs of some of their results, and as a consequence, we also obtain results on shortest directed networks for these norms.

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Divisions: Mathematics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Date Deposited: 13 May 2020 10:33
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 03:03

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