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## Improved Algorithms for Even Factors and Square-Free Simple b-Matchings

Given a digraph $G = (VG,AG)$, an even factor $M \subseteq AG$ is a set formed by node-disjoint paths and even cycles. Even factors in digraphs were introduced by Geelen and Cunningham and generalize path matchings in undirected graphs. Finding an even factor of maximum cardinality in a general digraph is known to be NP-hard but for the class of odd-cycle symmetric digraphs the problem is polynomially solvable. So far the only combinatorial algorithm known for this task is due to Pap; its running time is $O(n^4)$ (hereinafter $n$ denotes the number of nodes in $G$ and $m$ denotes the number of arcs or edges). In this paper we introduce a novel sparse recovery technique and devise an $O(n^3 \log n)$-time algorithm for finding a maximum cardinality even factor in an odd-cycle symmetric digraph. Our technique also applies to other similar problems, e.g. finding a maximum cardinality square-free simple $b$-matching.

This book constitutes the refereed post-conference proceedings of the 29th International Workshop on Combinatorial Algorithms, IWOCA 2018, held in Singapore, Singapore, in July 2018. The 31 regular papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 69 submissions. They cover diverse areas of combinatorical algorithms, complexity theory, graph theory and combinatorics, combinatorial optimization, cryptography and information security, algorithms on strings and graphs, graph drawing and labelling, computational algebra and geometry, computational biology, probabilistic and randomised algorithms, algorithms for big data analytics, and new paradigms of computation.

Let G = (V,E) be an undirected graph, T ⊆ V be a set of terminals. Then a natural combinatorial problem consists in finding the maximum number of vertex-disjoint paths connecting distinct terminals. For this problem, a clever construction suggested by Gallai reduces it to computing a maximum non-bipartite matching and thus gives an O ( m √n log n 2 /m log n ) -Time algorithm (hereinafter n := |V |, m := |E|). Now let us consider the fractional relaxation, i.e. allow T-path packings with arbitrary nonnegative real weights. It is known that there always exists a half-integral solution, that is, one only needs to assign weights 0, 1/2 , 1 to maximize the total weight of T-paths. It is also known that an optimum half-integral packing can be found in strongly-polynomial time but the actual time bounds are far from being satisfactory. In this paper we present a novel algorithm that solves the half-integral problem within O ( m √n log n 2 /m log n )time, thus matching the complexities of integral and half-integral versions.

This book constitutes the proceedings of the 15th International Computer Science Symposium in Russia, CSR 2020, held in Yekaterinburg, Russia, in June 2020.

The 25 full papers and 6 invited papers were carefully reviewed and selected from 49 submissions. The papers cover a broad range of topics, such as: algorithms and data structures; computational complexity, including hardness of approximation and parameterized complexity; randomness in computing, approximation algorithms, fixed-parameter algorithms; combinatorial optimization, constraint satisfaction, operations research; computational geometry; string algorithms; formal languages and automata, including applications to computational linguistics; codes and cryptography; combinatorics in computer science; computational biology; applications of logic to computer science, proof complexity; database theory; distributed computing; fundamentals of machine learning, including learning theory, grammatical inference and neural computing; computational social choice; quantum computing and quantum cryptography; theoretical aspects of big data.

The conference was cancelled as a live conference due to the corona pandemic.

We consider an undirected graph $G = (VG, EG)$ with a set $T \subseteq VG$ of terminals, and with nonnegative integer capacities $c(v)$ and costs $a(v)$ of nodes $v\in VG$. A path in $G$ is a \emph{$T$-path} if its ends are distinct terminals. By a \emph{multiflow} we mean a function $F$ assigning to each $T$-path $P$ a nonnegative rational \emph{weight} $F(P)$, and a multiflow is called \emph{feasible} if the sum of weights of $T$-paths through each node $v$ does not exceed $c(v)$. The emph{value} of $F$ is the sum of weights $F(P)$, and the \emph{cost} of $F$ is the sum of $F(P)$ times the cost of $P$ w.r.t. $a$, over all $T$-paths $P$. Generalizing known results on edge-capacitated multiflows, we show that the problem of finding a minimum cost multiflow among the feasible multiflows of maximum possible value admits \emph{half-integer} optimal primal and dual solutions. Moreover, we devise a strongly polynomial algorithm for finding such optimal solutions.

In this paper special data structure for big social graph storing and operating is presented. We discuss mainly graph paths searching, obtaining subgrapths and addition of new edges and vertices.

The goal of the expert search task is nding knowledgeable persons within the enterprise. In this paper we focus on its distinctions from the other information retrieval tasks. We review the existing approaches and propose a new term weighting scheme which is based on analysis of communication patterns between people. The eectiveness of the proposed approach is evaluated on a collection of e-mails from an organization of approximately 1500 people. Results show that it is possible to take into account communication structure in the process of term weighting, eectively combining communication-based and document-based approaches to expert finding.

A model for organizing cargo transportation between two node stations connected by a railway line which contains a certain number of intermediate stations is considered. The movement of cargo is in one direction. Such a situation may occur, for example, if one of the node stations is located in a region which produce raw material for manufacturing industry located in another region, and there is another node station. The organization of freight traﬃc is performed by means of a number of technologies. These technologies determine the rules for taking on cargo at the initial node station, the rules of interaction between neighboring stations, as well as the rule of distribution of cargo to the ﬁnal node stations. The process of cargo transportation is followed by the set rule of control. For such a model, one must determine possible modes of cargo transportation and describe their properties. This model is described by a ﬁnite-dimensional system of diﬀerential equations with nonlocal linear restrictions. The class of the solution satisfying nonlocal linear restrictions is extremely narrow. It results in the need for the “correct” extension of solutions of a system of diﬀerential equations to a class of quasi-solutions having the distinctive feature of gaps in a countable number of points. It was possible numerically using the Runge–Kutta method of the fourth order to build these quasi-solutions and determine their rate of growth. Let us note that in the technical plan the main complexity consisted in obtaining quasi-solutions satisfying the nonlocal linear restrictions. Furthermore, we investigated the dependence of quasi-solutions and, in particular, sizes of gaps (jumps) of solutions on a number of parameters of the model characterizing a rule of control, technologies for transportation of cargo and intensity of giving of cargo on a node station.

Let k be a field of characteristic zero, let G be a connected reductive algebraic group over k and let g be its Lie algebra. Let k(G), respectively, k(g), be the field of k- rational functions on G, respectively, g. The conjugation action of G on itself induces the adjoint action of G on g. We investigate the question whether or not the field extensions k(G)/k(G)^G and k(g)/k(g)^G are purely transcendental. We show that the answer is the same for k(G)/k(G)^G and k(g)/k(g)^G, and reduce the problem to the case where G is simple. For simple groups we show that the answer is positive if G is split of type A_n or C_n, and negative for groups of other types, except possibly G_2. A key ingredient in the proof of the negative result is a recent formula for the unramified Brauer group of a homogeneous space with connected stabilizers. As a byproduct of our investigation we give an affirmative answer to a question of Grothendieck about the existence of a rational section of the categorical quotient morphism for the conjugating action of G on itself.

Let G be a connected semisimple algebraic group over an algebraically closed field k. In 1965 Steinberg proved that if G is simply connected, then in G there exists a closed irreducible cross-section of the set of closures of regular conjugacy classes. We prove that in arbitrary G such a cross-section exists if and only if the universal covering isogeny Ĝ → G is bijective; this answers Grothendieck's question cited in the epigraph. In particular, for char k = 0, the converse to Steinberg's theorem holds. The existence of a cross-section in G implies, at least for char k = 0, that the algebra k[G]G of class functions on G is generated by rk G elements. We describe, for arbitrary G, a minimal generating set of k[G]G and that of the representation ring of G and answer two Grothendieck's questions on constructing generating sets of k[G]G. We prove the existence of a rational (i.e., local) section of the quotient morphism for arbitrary G and the existence of a rational cross-section in G (for char k = 0, this has been proved earlier); this answers the other question cited in the epigraph. We also prove that the existence of a rational section is equivalent to the existence of a rational W-equivariant map T- - - >G/T where T is a maximal torus of G and W the Weyl group.