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By Mustaq Ahmed and Anna Lubiw


In this paper we study a variant of the shortest path problem in graphs: given a weighted graph G and vertices s and t, and given a set X of forbidden paths in G, find a shortest s-t path P such that no path in X is a subpath of P. Path P is allowed to repeat vertices and edges. We call each path in X an exception, and our desired path a shortest exception avoiding path. We formulate a new version of the problem where the algorithm has no a priori knowledge of X, and finds out about an exception x ∈ X only when a path containing x fails. This situation arises in computing shortest paths in optical networks. We give an algorithm that finds a shortest exception avoiding path in time polynomial in |G | and |X|. The main idea is to run Dijkstra’s algorithm incrementally after replicating vertices when an exception is discovered

Year: 2009
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